‘He should NOT be in the dugout… he’s 70’: Former France star Marcel Desailly insists Arsene Wenger is too old for the Bayern Munich job
Former Chelsea and France defender Marcel Desailly says Arsene Wenger is too old to be a ‘frontline’ boss after emerging as a top target for Bayern Munich.
The 70-year-old is the overwhelming favourite to replace Niko Kovac, who was sacked on Sunday following their 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.
But Desailly believes Wenger is no long suited to life in the dugout.
Bayern want to offer Arsene Wenger a deal until the end of the season to become their boss
Marcel Desailly (above) believes 70-year-old Wenger is no long suited to life in the dugout
‘No, he should not be in the dugout. It’s not for him any more,’ he said on beIN Sport.
‘He has great possibilities to restructure, to build up the philosophy of the club, towards the first team and the academy.
‘But as a frontline, we don’t see him anymore. He’s 70 years old.’
Bayern Munich are willing to offer Wenger a contract until the end of the season to become their next manager.
Niko Kovac was sacked by Bayern following their humiliating 5-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt
The former Arsenal boss is due to hold talks with Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge this week.
Bayern have identified Wenger as their ideal candidate after Ajax’s Erik ten Hag said he was unwilling to leave his post during the season and Thomas Tuchel wanted to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.
Another contender, head of sport and development at Red Bull, Ralf Rangnick, is also out of the running.
Wenger, who left Arsenal in 2018 after 22 years in charge, speaks fluent German and has vast experience of handling big-name players including Bayern’s talented former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry.
Bayern would initially like him to take over until the end of the season when they will consider whether to try again for Ten Hag or Tuchel.
Wenger has rejected a number of job offers since leaving Arsenal including a role with FIFA as technical director.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has denied rumours he could become Bayern Munich’s next manager
Ralf Rangnick was a top target but the 61-year-old is now out of the running for the vacant role