So Ralf Rangnick. At least that’s what the latest water level reports from around the famous FC Bayern, who are known to be looking for a new coach. It is said that there were discussions. Rangnick is therefore not averse to moving to Munich. For him, at the ripe old age of 65, it would be the first big club that he would take over with a perspective. Rangnick was already a coach at Manchester United. But he came as an interim coach and only stayed for six months, during which he hardly gave the team any impetus (there were actually too many construction sites to deal with in six months).

In addition to Rangnick, names like Unay Emery, currently employed at Aston Villa, and Roberto De Zerbi, coach at Brighton, have recently been mentioned at Bayern

So it means: be patient. At some point, sports director Max Eberl, for whom the search for a coach represents the first big challenge at FC Bayern, will present Thomas Tuchel’s successor. If Rangnick came to Säbener Straße, it would definitely be an interesting personnel move. The veteran coach is extremely capable and has made numerous teams better, currently the Austrian national team.

But no matter who it ends up being, the new Bayern coach will only be third choice. This is nothing unusual in the football business. Every club has to follow the laws of the market. Availability, salary, perspective, character, game idea – all of this plays a role. But the fact that two candidates, Xabi Alonso (1st choice) and Julian Nagelsmann (2nd choice), have already canceled is unusual for the German record champions. The fact that this extensive search for personnel even took place fits into the picture of a club that is not quite at its best at the moment. Bayern’s appeal is obviously no longer as great as it used to be.

The separations of Hansi Flick, Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel gave the outside impression that they were ill-thought out and chaotic. Bayern had recently lost a certain respectability. That applied to the sacked management duo Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic, and it applies to the current bosses, CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen and sports director Christoph Freund, who still have to prove their competence. Not to be forgotten: the job of sports director has been vacant since Salihamidzic left in May 2023. Here too, there has recently been no reliable continuity. All of this has damaged the image and ensured that coaches take a closer look at what prospects they have at Bayern.