New Bayern director already spoke with Alonso: 'At that time, he thought it was too early'

Max Eberl also wanted to bring in Xabi Alonso during his time at Borussia Mönchengladbach as a coach. However, according to the new sporting director of Bayern Munich, the interest at that time does not indicate who will succeed Thomas Tuchel.

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Bayern Munich's search for a new head coach to succeed Thomas Tuchel at the end of this season has ignited speculation, with Xabi Alonso emerging as a key candidate for the role.

During his introduction on Tuesday, Bayern's new director, Eberl, was questioned about potential successors but chose to remain discreet about specific targets. Eberl emphasized the club's desire for a coach who not only aligns with Bayern's ambitions and squad philosophy but also possesses the capability to nurture young talent.

Eberl pointed out the importance of developing players such as Mathys Tel and Jamal Musiala, drawing parallels with how other top clubs like Real Madrid have successfully integrated young talents like Camavinga and Tchouaméni alongside seasoned veterans. He stressed the need for a coach who is open to giving young players ample playing time, balancing the team with both emerging stars and established talents to craft a successful squad.

Alonso, currently coaching Bayer Leverkusen and a former Bayern player, seems to be a strong fit for Bayern's coaching profile. Interestingly, Eberl had previously approached Alonso for a potential coaching role while he was still involved with Real Sociedad's B-team, an offer Alonso felt he was not ready for at the time. Despite this past interaction, Eberl clarified that the current coaching search is a separate matter and refrained from focusing on individual names.

Eberl also highlighted the new coach's significant role in squad composition, suggesting that despite recent challenges, Bayern Munich possesses a strong team foundation. He acknowledged the need to strike a balance between acquiring star players and developing young talent, maintaining Bayern's tradition of combining sporting excellence with prudent club management. As the search continues, Eberl's comments suggest a strategic approach to leadership transition at Bayern, aiming to ensure the club remains competitive on all fronts while fostering the growth of its next generation of players."

Updated: 11:37, 27 Feb 2024

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