Bayern Munich rule out Arsene Wenger as replacement for Niko Kovac despite Frenchman expressing interest
'Bayern Munich appreciates Arsene Wenger's work at Arsenal, but he is not being considered as coach,' a source at the Bavarian club said.
Arsene Wenger reportedly called Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday to make him aware of his interest in the job.
Niko Kovac was dismissed at the weekend following a poor run of form that culminated in a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Hansi Flick, who was the assistant of Niko Kovac, has taken over as interim coach as Bayern Munich search for a more permanent replacement.
Munich: Bayern Munich have turned down an approach from Arsene Wenger to take over the vacant manager's position following the sacking of Niko Kovac, the German champions said on Thursday.
"Arsene Wenger called (Bayern chairman) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon to make him aware of his interest in the job," a Bayern spokesperson told AFP subsidiary SID.
"Bayern appreciates Wenger's work at Arsenal, but he is not being considered as coach."
Kovac was dismissed at the weekend following a poor run of form that culminated in a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern's worst Bundesliga defeat in a decade and one which left them fourth in the table.
Kovac's assistant Hansi Flick has taken over as interim coach as Bayern search for a more permanent replacement, with club president Uli Hoeness saying on Tuesday they expected to name Kovac's successor by November 23.
However they have been publicly rebuffed by both Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel and Ajax's Erik ten Hag, who said on Monday he would be staying with the Dutch champions until at least the end of the season.
Chelsea are at West Ham in the lunchtime kickoff and City play at Watford in the late game.
After 14 games, ambitious Leipzig have just 18 points and trail leaders Bayern Munich by 13 points. They have yet to win away in the league.
The 72-year-old Frenchman won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his 22-year spell in charge of the London club, which ended in 2018