Arsene Wenger Admits He Was ‘Never a Candidate’ for Bayern Munich Job

Former ​​Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been without a managerial job ever since leaving the Emirates in 2018, and has most recently been touted to take over as Bayern​ Munich boss.

The Frenchman had been in the running to replace Niko Kovac, after the former Bayern midfielder was sacked as the club’s coach following a ​5-1 pummelling at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt in early November. 

While Bayern have responded positively, beating Olympiacos 2-0 before thrashing ​Borussia Dortmund 4-0 in the first Klassiker of the season, the hunt for a new manager is well under way. 

Niko Kovac

Wenger had initially revealed he had ​spoken to Bayern president Ulrich Hoeneß over the phone, stating: “He asked me if I would be interested, because they are looking for a coach.

“I told him that I didn’t have any thoughts about it.”, Wenger added. “I’d need some time to think about it. We decided together that we would talk about it next week. This is the true story.”

However, despite recent speculation surrounding the possibility of a Wenger takeover, the 70-year-old has spoken out again (to beIN, via ​Get French Football News), stating: “I was never a candidate, I had been approached but I am not in the running for the job.”

The ex-Monaco boss was then asked if that quashed any possibility of a return to management, to which Wenger responded: “No, not necessarily.”

Arsene Wenger

Whilst the ambiguity surrounding who will be Bayern’s next boss continues, one thing that’s clear is that a decision on a new manager is required. Hansi Flick is currently leading the club as interim manager.

Following the international break, Bayern travel to the Esprit Arena to face Fortuna Düsseldorf before a tough fixture against Hoffenheim at the Rhein-Neckar Arena a week later.

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