Hansi Flick may have been granted the reigns at Bayern until the end of the season, but that does not stop the club from continuing their search for a permanent replacement. The rumours surrounding who could be the next Bayern Munich manager simply does not go away. Bayern have a lot of options and the list just increased with Mauricio Pochettino becoming available after leaving Tottenham on Tuesday.
Pochettino is one of the bright young managers in world football. He has caught the attention of Real Madrid and other giants. After leading Spurs to a great deal of success in the last five years, the former Espanyol defender is available to hire once again. Pochettino has done a remarkable job at Spurs. Despite being on a shoe-string budget, he was able to take the London outfit to within a whisker of winning the Champions League.
His biggest problem may turn out to be his command of the language. Bayern are clearly looking to sign a manager who is fluent in German. The Die Roten do not want to make the same mistakes that they did with Carlo Ancelotti. Pochettino has proved that he is a fast learner when it comes to languages but will it be sufficient for Bayern?
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is under no pressure to make a quick decision. Pochettino is likely to take a short time out of the game. He has worked without rest since January 2013 when he was appointed as the head coach of Southampton. This rest will help him assess his next move in a better way.
Bayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic is understood to be a huge fan of Pochettino’s working style. He would be the closest replacement for Pep Guardiola. After having been starved of transfer funds during his time in North London, Pochettino may relish the opportunity to sign marquee players and work with them on a regular basis. There is a strong apprehension among Bayern board that the entourage of coaches brought in by Pochettino can be overwhelming to the style that has been so successful for Bayern in the past.
The language barrier can be potentially overcome in the coming months. Pochettino has plenty of time to begin his coaching lessons and master the language. After all, he is now used to conversing in English and Spanish with a great command. Adding German to the list will not be hard.
If Bayern and Pochettino are unable to agree on a deal, Rummenigge may very well shift his attention to bring back Guardiola. Even though the former boss has a contract with Manchester City until 2021, he is believed to be tired of English football and an exit could be on the cards.
Remarkably, Bayern may not be the only club after Pochettino, as Barcelona have also been put on red alert after the latest developments. Barcelona are not pleased with Ernesto Valverde and his coaching methods. Barca have struggled for authority this season and the team’s transfer strategy has also been a disaster. Pochettino could bring a wealth of expertise in both these options.