Bayern Munich have reportedly reached out to Ajax boss Erik ten Hag after parting company with Niko Kovac
The Bavarians dismissed the Croat on Sunday following a dismal 5-1 away loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in Saturday’s Bundesliga fixture.
Kovac, who was in charge at the Allianz Arena for 16 months, therefore had to reconcile with an early farewell only a few weeks after a 7-2 thumping of Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.
A disastrous loss to his former club has created an unbridgeable gap between the 48-year-old manager and the Bayern hierarchy that took no time to relieve him of his duty.
The perennial Bundesliga champions have already started scouring Europe for Kovac’s successor.
Although recent rumors mentioned the likes of Jose Mourinho, Massimiliano Allegri, and Arsene Wenger as potential candidates, Erik ten Hag has now emerged as the top favorite.
Bayern have Erik ten Hag on the radar and loose contacts through intermediaries have already taken place. ten Hag wouldn't be available midseason but in the summer, Ajax wouldn't stop him from moving. The Dutch manager wants to take the next step [@SkySportNewsHD] pic.twitter.com/Hs6VrrTxBz— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) November 4, 2019
Sources close to Sky Sports have announced that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge already established contacts with the Dutchman’s entourage.
Ten Hag’s current deal keeps him at the Johan Cruyff Arena until 2022, and he is out of reach until the end of the season, according to the same reports.
However, Bayern will keep pushing for the 49-year-old, as they hope to fill the vacant managerial role as soon as possible.
The highly-rated tactician is a familiar face at the Allianz Arena, as he previously worked there as Pep Guardiola’s assistant during the Spaniard’s time in Munich.
Stuck four points adrift of league toppers Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern go into their Champions League clash with Olympiacos without a head coach.
The Bavarians have, however, enjoyed a stellar start to their European campaign, which is a sharp contrast to their Bundesliga fortunes so far.