Ajax’s director of football Marc Overmars says that Bayern Munich will not be able to appoint Erik ten Hag as their next permanent manager next summer.
The Bundesliga club were planning on approaching the Dutchman following his impressive work in Amsterdam, with ten Hag’s previous experience working at Bayern Munich – working with their reserve side – making him an ideal candidate.
It was a move that went well beyond just rumours, but Overmars recently told De Telegraaf (via Kicker) that Ajax would not allow ten Hag to leave the club at the end of the season.
Bayern Munich have only just confirmed that caretake manager Hansi Flick will remain in charge at the club until the end of the season.
It’s a decision which suggests that Bayern Munich have been looking to appoint a manager who is currently in a job elsewhere, with ten Hag emerging as their ideal target alongside Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel.
Both have already confirmed that they would not be interested in leaving their current jobs halfway through the season, but moves were believed to be available as both ten Hag (2022) and Tuchel (2021) approached the latter stages of their contracts.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Tuchel would still be an option for Bayern Munich as the look for a new permanent manager and the 46-year-old was actually considered for the job before his move to the French capital.
Tuchel used to be in charge of Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund, as well as Mainz, before securing a position at the Parc des Princes.
As far as their search for a new manager goes, Bayern Munich also confirmed in the announcement of Flick’s extension that the former German national team coach “is explicitly a viable option” to get the job on a permanent basis beyond next summer.