Report: Bayern Munich Keen to Open Talks with Mauricio Pochettino

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IINovember 22, 2019

BELGRADE, SERBIA - NOVEMBER 06: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur claps the fans after the UEFA Champions League group B match between Crvena Zvezda and Tottenham Hotspur at Rajko Mitic Stadium on November 06, 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich are reportedly keen to open talks with Mauricio Pochettino with regards to taking on the manager's job at the Allianz Arena following his dismissal from Tottenham Hotspur.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic wants to discuss the job with Pochettino and "is willing to let the Argentine decide" when he would like to take over the role, according to Matt Law at the Daily Telegraph.

Bayern parted company with Niko Kovac on Nov. 3 and have appointed assistant coach Hansi Flick as caretaker manager at least until Christmas.

Pochettino is regarded as one of Europe's best coaches after an impressive stint of five-plus seasons at Tottenham. He oversaw four consecutive top-four finishes and guided the club to the UEFA Champions League final for the first time in their history:

The Argentinian employed a brand of attractive, attacking football while working on a modest budget and was also willing to trust in the club's young players. He brought stars such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks into the first team and allowed them to thrive in the Premier League.

He departed Tottenham after a string of disappointing results that has left the club in 14th place in the top flight, but his ability to turn the club's fortunes around means his reputation has not been tarnished.

The 47-year-old has been linked with some of Europe's biggest clubs. According to Marco Ruiz at AS, Pochettino is high on the list of possible replacements for Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

Bleacher Report's Rob Blanchette said Pochettino could also be an option to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United:

Bayern Munich are also an option after Kovac's departure. Flick has overseen wins over Olympiacos and Borussia Dortmund in his first two games in charge and appears to have the club's backing for now:

Yet Bayern have stopped short of handing Flick a permanent contract, and the sudden availability of a top coach such as Pochettino is bound to tempt the German champions.

Bayern right-back Joshua Kimmich has indicated he would be happy if Pochettino were to arrive at the Allianz Arena:

A move to Bayern would offer Pochettino an excellent opportunity to land his first managerial silverware and enhance his reputation further, while he would be a popular option for both players and supporters of the German club.

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