Former Arsene Wenger has just assumed the position of Director of Football Development of the World Football Federation (FIFA).
Joining FIFA will mean Wenger will stop looking for work as a coach. According to sources, after leaving Arsenal in 2018, the 70-year-old coach has rejected many clubs and teams.
Wenger had 22 consecutive years leading Arsenal, where he won 17 titles. He is also one of the longest-running coaches in the English Premier League.
Last week, according to the German press, Wenger had contacted to replace Nico Kovac at Bayern. However, the defending Bundesliga champion wants to make a long-term plan and has not yet appointed the main coach.
German newspaper: ‘Wenger called, but Bayern refused’
Bayern Munich is said to have turned down the offer to be the manager of Arsene Wenger, who for many years led Arsenal.
Bild said Wenger took the initiative to call Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, general manager of Bayern Munich on November 6, to express interest in the coach seat. However, Rummenigge flatly refused.
Wenger has decades of experience as a top football manager, including 22 years leading Arsenal. But since leaving the Emirates Stadium at the end of the 2017-2018 season, the 69-year-old has not yet found a new job.
Wenger always insists he is satisfied with his current life, but he doesn’t want to retire and doesn’t want to move to Asia either. He declined many invitations, including FIFA Technical Director. Wenger’s goal is to return to peak football with coach seats at top clubs like Bayern, Barca, or Man Utd.
Bayern fired former coach Nico Kovac last weekend, after a defeat described as “humiliating” against Frankfurt. According to Bild, the two top candidates as new managers are Max Allegri and Jose Mourinho.
Kovac’s assistant, Hansi Flick is currently a temporary coach. In the first match, he helped Bayern defeat Olympiakos 2-0.
Flick is likely to lead until the end of the 2019-2020 season. Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “We are calm and not under pressure to choose a coach. I think Flick is the right person for us now. He will work until the announcement. new newspaper”.