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3 possible candidates for the Bayern job

Bayern München have sacked manager Niko Kovac following their 5-1 loss away to Frankfurt on Saturday. But who should replace him?

Bayern sit forth in the Bundesliga and top of their group in the Champions League so it has been in no way a failure of a season. With this in mind, who ever replaces him won’t have the biggest job on their hands to turn the Bavarians fortunes around. 

Arsene Wenger

The former Arsenal Premier League winner is one of the favourites to take the job. After spending twenty-two successful years at the Gunners, the seventy-year-old has spent the last few years being a pundit. But the mastermind that lead Arsenal to a whole season unbeaten could go back into management with one of the best teams in Europe.

Max Allegri

A more realistic and probably conventional option for the Bundesliga champions is Max Allegri. After being sacked in early 2019 by Juventus, Allegri has been without a job which is surprising considering his known quality. Allegri started his managerial career at Serie D side Aglianese and has never ventured out of Italy but with more experience of modern football and a more nailed down football style, he would be a much better acquisition. 

Jose Mourinho 

The Champions League winner is the bookies favourite to take the job but he has also been linked to the Arsenal job if Emery gets the sack. The former Manchester United man has publicly implied that he is looking for a job and Mourinho would fit the bill at the German club well.

 

Who ever takes the job has a great platform to build from. Bayern sit just four points behind top spot which isn’t a big deficit to make up over the rest of the season. Add in the form of Lewandowski and the arrival of young defenders Pavard and Hernandez and you’ve got some very big players with a bright future.

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Olivier Giroud: Linked To Lyon!

When the Internationals come around and the players link up with their respective countries, which leads to press interviews, it is amazing what comes out in these interviews (often later blamed on misquotes or misinterpretation).

The latest transfer rumour surrounds Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud, who is currently ‘away’ with France and as is always the case, was asked about his Chelsea future.

Giroud is currently out of contract at the end of the season, having moved to Chelsea, from Arsenal, during the Antonio Conte reign. One suspects this was a way to placate the then manager, who had failed to land primary target, Romelu Lukaku, and decided to let the world know just how unhappy he was with that.

So Giroud arrived in South West London, with the tag, of being an impact substitute and promptly was compartmentalised into that role by Conte, who at that time had grown tired of Diego Costa’s antics and wanted a goalscorer.

Since Giroud arrived in the Premier League under the tuition of Arsene Wenger, no less, his stats as a striker make for interesting reading.

Starting with Arsenal, In his almost 5 years there he averaged around 25 games a season, with 2015/16 being his busiest year of which he played 38 games, averaging around 12 goals a season, which for a striker, is by any stretch of the imagination, a fairly poor return.

His move to Chelsea brought little change in those stats, though he has been used mainly as a substitute, or rather insultingly omitted altogether, with new Chelsea boss Maurizzio Sarri preferring to play Eden Hazard in the ridiculously named ‘false nine’ position.

But…

Everything changes (no, not the Take That song) when you look at Giroud’s record in Europe, both for club and country since his arrival in the Premiership.

Arsenal: Europa League, 6 appearances, 3 Goals

Chelsea: Europa League, 9 Matches, 9 Goals

When it come to International matches, then the stats make even more interesting reading.

France: Euros 2016, 6 matches, 3 goals and 2 assists

2016/17 World Cup Qualifiers , 8 matches, 4 goals and 1 assist

2014 World Cup: 5 matches, 1 goal, 1 Assist

2018 World Cup: 7 Matches, 1 Assist

2019/20 Euro Qualifiers: 1 game, 1 goal

What stands out consistently through Giroud’s career, is that he is more than just a striker, but a very effective player who can hold the ball up for others to score goals, which is why Eden Hazard enjoys playing with him so much.

So why the link to Lyon? Or Olympique Lyonnais as they are more officially named.

Currently the club sit 3rd in French Ligue 1 and in terms of stature, are the club many French footballers long to play for.

It’s noted that though Giroud says he is open to the possibility of a move to Lyon, he was quick to point out that it was not a come and get me plea, because he says he is happy at Chelsea and it is well known that the Premier League is the world’s best league at this time and Giroud is hoping to force his way into Maurizzio Sarri’s thinking. However, given the Italian’s reputation for stubbornness and lack of adaptation in his system, could prove quite an undertaking, so don’t be too surprised if Giroud does make the move back to Lyon.

Au revoir Claude 3 possible replacements at Leicester

After another defeat in the Premier League, a 4-1 thrashing at home to Crystal Palace, Leicester manager Claude Puel has been axed by the the club, a departure that had in all honesty been coming.

The defeat means that the foxes are now 7 games without a win and and are lying in 12th place in the league. Leicester aren’t going to get relegated nor are they making the European places, so now its time to move on.

Leicester fans have never really took to the frenchman nicknamed ‘whispering Claude’ due to his quietly spoken press conferences, Puel feels like he lived on the edge of the sack since he joined the club in October 2017 after being sacked by Southampton. The stoic and unenergetic Frenchman’s demeanor seemed to irk some foxes fans and not that charisma is a vital character trait of being a manager but you feel if former title winning Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri was in charge getting the same results the fans wouldn’t be so forceful in the feelings towards the manager.

Now Puel has been sacked, who might be in the frame?

  1. David Wagner

The enthusiastic German is now out of work after leaving Huddersfield by ‘mutual consent’ in January. After performing miracles with the terriers since he joined in 2015 Wagner may feel he has a point to prove following a disappointing season this year. Wagner plays attractive attacking football and is very tactically adept. With no money needed to prize the German away from a club Wagner could prove a strong candidate.

2. Brendan Rodgers

Since Rodgers left the Premier League for North of the border Giants Celtic he hasn’t looked back, winning multiple Spl championships, Scottish cups and Scottish league cups including the treble in his first 2 seasons. The Northern Irishman will know that English fans will say his accomplishments in Scotland don’t hold much weight and the Spl is a one club league so he would be eager to prove doubters wrong, he also has no more to achieve at Celtic. Rodgers also nearly guided Liverpool to the premier league title in the 2013-14 season, he has made no secret of his desire to return to the premier league, so is it now time?

3. Slavisa jokanovic

Another free agent, the Serbian was dismissed by Fulham in November 2018 after 7 winless results and the Cottagers languishing in last place, however the football Jokanovic had Fulham playing in the Championship was very exciting and attacking which resulted in Fulham being promoted to the premier league after a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the playoff final. The Serb plays the type of football the Foxes would enjoy and with a squad featuring Vardy, Maddison, Gray, Ndidi, Maguire, Schmeichel et al he could certainly get the club going in the right direction again.

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Three potential replacements for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

With the news that Arsenal legend, Arsene Wenger will leave the Emirates at the end of the season. Wenger has enjoyed unrivalled success at Arsenal, and despite the turmoil he has endured over the last few seasons, is still the greatest manager in the clubs history. After his illustrious career in North London, attention now turns to his possible successor, with many possible candidates being considered.

Diego Simeone- Simeone has done a brilliant job at Atletico Madrid, managing to break the stranglehold the big two have on Spanish football, and making two Champions League Finals in the process. His style of play would go against the traditions at Arsenal, with his preferred counter attacking style being a polar opposite to the possession based flair Arsenal fans have got used to over the last 22 years, but this change could be exactly what Arsenal need. Young, hungry and with a proven track record at the highest level, Simeone would surely be top of most Arsenal fans wish list.

Luis Enrique- The ex Barca gaffer excelled in his first job at the Nou Camp, winning nine trophies in his three years. Enrique would offer Arsenal a seamless transition from the Wenger years, with his style of play being very similar to that of Wenger. The current bookies favourite, is already rumoured to be in discussions with the Gunners, and is a young coach that is readily available should Arsenal come calling. His record proves what he is capable of achieving, and is another coach Arsenal fans will be excited about.

Eddie Howe- A slightly controversial choice, that is unlikely to happen, but wouldn’t a young English coach getting a job at a top six club be good for English football? Howe has done a superb job at Bournemouth, taking a struggling cash-strapped League Two club to the Premier League, and done it by playing good football to boot. He has not changed his style of play since gaining promotion to the Premier League, a very gutsy move from a young manager, but one that has paid off and seen Bournemouth become an established Premier League side.

Arsenal v FC Koln Preview

Arsenal welcome German side FC Koln to the Emirates Stadium in the Europa League tonight (Thursday).

Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to rest several first team player however Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez are both expected to start.

Petr Cech,Laurent Koscielny,Aaron Ramsey,Mesut Ozil ,Granit Xhaka ,Danny Welbeck and star summer signing Alexandre Lacazette have all been left out of the squad.

Fc Koln have certainly brought fans aplenty as videos over social media have saw them signing and dancing down the streets of London ahead of the 8.05 pm kick off time .

After Manchester United’s Europa League success saw them make a return to this season’s Champions League French manager Wenger said he would rather reach that tournament through the top four in the Premier League.

However this is a great chance of silverware for the Gunners and one that they should really be taking seriously.

French striker Oliver Giroud is also expected to start the clash days after admitting he was very close to leaving the Emirates over the summer.

“it’s true that I was close to leaving the club because I said I wanted to play” he said, this game gives him a big chance to shine to start alongside Lacazette in Sunday’s big Premier League showdown with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

With the focus very much on that clash on Sunday this is why Wenger is expected to rest so many key stars.

However Koln have had a nightmare start in the Bundesliga and sit rock bottom after the first three fixtures so this should be a comfortable victory for the North London side.