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Nikola Kovac sacked! Who should replace him?

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

Bayern sit 4th 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 the 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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Should Leicester move for this 20 million pound striker?

Leicester city are reportedly in the hunt for Columbian striker Alfredo Morelos. The Foxes have competition from German giants Dortmund and other Bundesliga rivals, newly appointed Brendan Rodgers may be looking for a new frontman as Jamie Vardy enters the business end of his career and Kelechi Ihenacho never hitting the heights people expected when he signed. Morelos told a Columbian radio station last week “There are many teams interested in me and a lot of them have watched me play. Most likely my transfer will be this summer” This undoubtedly has dropped huge hints and may have increased the interest from other clubs more.

Morelos has been in fine form in the 2018/2019 season netting 16 times making him the leagues top scorer , and an additional 4 assists makes him a target for a whole host of clubs. Morelos arrived at Rangers in 2017 for an undisclosed fee from HJK Helsinki , the Columbian has scored 30 goals in 59 appearances for the ‘Gers. However the strikers discipline could be one of his only downfalls , conceding 9 yellow cards and 3 red cards in just 24 matches this season.

Why would Morelos suit the Premier League?

As many people believe, the Premier League is one of the most challenging and competitive leagues in world football. Numerous  players are unable to adapt to the Premier League’s intensity and style of play , however we also see many people adapt well like Leicester’s James Maddison who has performed outstandingly with 5 goals and 5 assists in all competitions. Despite having a small sized frame compared to the average centre back, Morelos has scored plenty of headers and the large majority of his goals have been inside the penalty area. This shows that Morelos has the ability to outwit defenders and is clinical inside the “18 yard box”, which is vital in the Premier League as chances may not come as often. As well as been a prolific goalscorer the Columbian is still only 22 years old which leaves plenty of room for improvement. Despite the majority of his goals coming from inside the penalty area , Morelos tends to cut in from wide areas adding that extra bit of creativity in his game. Not only that but the striker can be dangerous from crosses aswell , which flaunts his adaptability as an attacker who’s of playing across the front three. Its rumoured that Leicester have been tracking Morelos’ progress for a few weeks now. Although the arrival of Brendan Rodgers may change these rumours, there’s no doubt that Morelos is a highly touted player.

Would Alfredo Morelos make a good addition to a Premier League team like Leicester or would he be better suited for the Bundesliga?

Should we have a winter break in England?

It has been announced that the FA and the Premier League have agreed to have a two-week winter break in February of the 2019/20 season.

All of the other top leagues: Spanish, French, German, Italian, even Scottish have a winter break. So surely this is a step forward for English football?

Well, all that can be seen from this decision is that the English game is losing its heritage and tradition.

It maybe a stupid or a tiny tradition, or not even a tradition, just a thing that hasn’t changed, but it’s our little tradition.

Pep Guardiola said it was killing the players not having a winter break and José Mourinho says it is why English clubs don’t win the Champions League.

But the Champions League is a competition in which English clubs have the second best winning record behind Spain, a country from which only two clubs have won, whereas five English clubs have.

Pep may be one of, if not the best manager at the top level of European football. However, this isn’t the only time he has spoken out against the English game and its traditions.

Guardiola’s Barcelona and the rest of La Liga, their style of play tradition is passing from the back, keeping the ball, etc etc.

However, the English tradition in football is to two-foot the person with the ball and the crowd go mental for it. But Pep, not so much.

If a foreign player wants to play in England, they need to get used to a snowy St James’ Park and brace themselves for the tackles flying in.

And it isn’t even like the introduction of a winter break will have positives for fans to make the game more interactive with supporters.

The FA Cup Fifth Round is to be played midweek. So forget about the Plymouth Argyle fans who are drawn away at Newcastle, because English traditions need to be destroyed and a winter break is necessary for that.

The top bosses in football don’t ask themselves “Fans don’t see the FA Cup as beautiful and magical as what it was, I wonder why?”

It’s got nothing to do with the fact that the rules keep changing: moving the semi-final to Wembley, picking which rounds they want replays for, making games midweek and not putting fans first.

Also, Premier League clubs will have two weeks minimum without a match. There’s already enough stick on social media and everywhere when everyone only has England to watch, never mind no football at all.

So, the winter break is likely to be introduced in the 2019/20 season. It may be a good thing, it may not be. Only time will tell. (It’s not, it’s definitely not).