Ex-Arsenal manager missed chance to become Bayern Munich coach

Negotiations between Arsene Wenger and Bayern Munich broke down when the French coach made it clear he would not sign a short-term deal. Bundesliga giants are without a boss after sacking Niko Kovac and have been linked with a host of top managers, including former Arsenal coach.

Ralf Rangnick has already rejected the German champions, and Arsene became the latest name struck off the Bavarians applicants list on Thursday. There were discussions with Arsene, and the club confirmed Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke to the 70-year-old boss on the phone on Wednesday.

Bayern said: ‘Arsene Wenger called Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday afternoon and signalled his fundamental interest in the position at the German club. ‘Bavarians highly value Arsene Wenger’s work at London club, but he is not an option to become a manager at FC Bayern.’

The main issue was Arsene was not interested in any offer that would see him only take charge until the end of the campaign. Bavarians are wary about appointing a long-term successor so quickly and want a manager to take over for the rest of the season.

Frenchman wants to take on a new project and made that clear to Bundesliga club after their opening offer, which prompted the club their interest.

Bavarians appointed Hansi Flick as caretaker manager and are considering their options after Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel, Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, and ex-RB Leipzig coach Rangnick ruled themselves out of the running. Xabi Alonso is another option, with the Spaniard managing Real Sociedad B and an ex-Bayern footballer.