Thursday, 13th December, 2012
Former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn believes that his old club should seriously consider trying to tempt Josep Guardiola to the Allianz Arena for next season.
The Catalan tactician is currently taking a year out of the game to recharge his batteries, having stood down from his job as Barcelona coach at the end of last season.
Guardiola’s four trophy-laden years at the Camp Nou have made him the hottest managerial talent around, with Chelsea, Manchester City and clubs from across the world mooted to want to sign him up for the 2013/14 campaign.
And Kahn thinks that Bayern Munich should be in the running too.
The club’s current coach Jupp Heynckes looks set to stand down at the end of the season and Kahn sees an opportunity for the 67-year-old to help Guardiola settle into life in charge of the Bavarians.
"Why should there not be a transitional phase with Guardiola and Heynckes?", wrote Kahn in his Bild column.
"Heynckes has said he would be more in the background and he would be ideal with his experience as manager of Tenerife, Bilbao and Real Madrid. He could merge the philosophy of Guardiola and Bayern.
"To lead Bayern into a new era, we need new perspectives and courageous decisions that could set standards in Europe."
It remains to be seen whether Guardiola would consider taking over at the Allianz Arena or whether Bayern Munich would be prepared to appoint a manager with no experience of coaching in the Bundesliga.
However, former Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni has revealed that Guardiola has spoken to him about life with the German giants.
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