Bayern turn down Wenger for vacant manager's post

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger out of race for Bayern Munich job after holding talks

Managerless Bayern Munich thrashed Borussia Dortmund 4-0 in "Der Klassiker" on Saturday as Robert Lewandowski continued his phenomenal scoring run with two goals at the Allianz Arena.

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.

Bayern's executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had earlier said the club would not be pursuing Wenger, who has been out of work since he left Arsenal in 2018.

However, it was reported by Sport Bild that Rummenigge had told Wenger he was not under consideration after the Frenchman called him personally.

Addressing the reports of a midweek conversation with Rummenigge, Wenger says he was actually on the receiving end of the call, "On Wednesday afternoon, Rumenigge called me".

"We decided together we will talk next week, because I'm in Doha until Sunday night".

"He was in his auto going to the game against Olympiakos".

'We talked for four to five minutes maximum, and he told me they had assigned Flick to be the coach, he will manage the two next games, because they will play Dortmund tomorrow.

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag and Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel have already made it clear they will not join Bayern this season. I told him "I haven't thought about it, I need some time to have a think about it".

However, it seems Flick will stay in charge for the time being, with Rummenigge telling Sky: "We will continue with Flick until further notice".

Fourth in the Bundesliga standings, the Bavarians have conceded 16 goals, the most since 2008/09, and they are one point behind Dortmund, though they could drop to six points behind the leaders Borussia Monchengladbach this weekend.

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