Football: “The open coaching discussion at FC Bayern is no coincidence”

Football: “The open coaching discussion at FC Bayern is no coincidence”

FC Bayern Munich is still looking for a new coach. Richard Golz once played 453 Bundesliga games and today he advises sports clubs on personnel issues. He has two ideas for the open coaching position at Bayern.

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Mr. Golz, Ralf Rangnick, the fourth coach at FC Bayern, canceled this week. You have played 453 Bundesliga games and are now a personnel consultant. Explain to us: Why are Bayern having such a hard time finding a new coach?
First of all, a personnel consultancy is different from hiring a trainer. There are usually two problems in football compared to personnel consulting: time and publicity. Bayern has to find a quick solution to the open coaching position and the topic is being discussed in public, which increases the pressure and possibly provokes bad decisions. We are seeing that now – and it is an extremely difficult situation. On the other hand, I believe that one or two candidates cleverly took advantage of the situation, which also happens in personnel consulting.

What do you mean?
It is no coincidence that the coaching discussion is being conducted so openly. This is unlikely to come from FC Bayern, although it turns out to be a disadvantage that so many club representatives have spoken out in public. For the other side, be it the coaches or their advisors, there are huge advantages to using Bayern’s interest for themselves. Unai Emery contract and Julian Nagelsmann have extended their contracts in a very favorable situation for them.

How do Bayern get out of this situation? It will probably get more difficult with every rejection.
Yes and no. Yes, there is only a small circle of top trainers and some of them took advantage of the situation as described. In this respect, it doesn’t get any easier when the circle gets smaller. At the same time, FC Bayern remains a very interesting club for every coach and at this level it is not unusual to seemingly not be the first choice. Bayern will most likely not be without a coach.

But again: how do you convince a coach who only sees pure chaos from the outside?
Bayern must now prevent further information from leaking out, gather themselves together now, identify the remaining candidates and point out in the discussions that the deal is dead as soon as details become public.

Is this realistic?
That is the question. So far that has obviously not been the case. That’s why in such situations people often look for internal solutions or veteran trainers who like the constellation with a manageable period of time. The Jupp Heynckes guy, for example, even if he certainly won’t.

Can you think of a name?
This is pure speculation that I don’t want to take part in, but I can imagine that a transition coach is now being sought for a clearly defined period of time.

The name Louis van Gaal has already been thrown into the ring.
There aren’t that many candidates, so you shouldn’t ignore any solution and there may still be candidates on the market when the season is over everywhere.

“Personality comes just before technical expertise”

What kind of profile does a trainer need who wants to enter this environment?
Profile is the right keyword. In my opinion, the most important quality is personality, especially in order to attract all the stars to Bayern. For me, personality comes just before technical expertise.

Can a big name and character like Zinedine Zidane make up for the damage caused by the cancellations?
I don’t want to speculate about names and the extent of any damage, but FC Bayern is still a very attractive club.

Regardless of who becomes coach at FC Bayern from July 1st. How do you as a player look at the current situation – and how do you approach the new coach from July?
Quite normal. The players currently have an extremely strong focus with the Champions League and as long as Bayern are still in the competition, they don’t have to present a new coach for the players. After the season things look different, especially if you want to sign new players. But from my own experience I can say: as a player you shouldn’t change because of the coach, because that can change quickly in professional football. Most players don’t really care about how a coach came to the club.

Source: Stern

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