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Matthaus: Only Wenger can replace Kovac at Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus believes Arsene Wenger is the only available coach who would be a worthy candidate to replace Niko Kovac

The Croatian has endured an underwhelming start to life in Munich with Bayern now nine points adrift of runaway Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Following Saturday’s disastrous 3-3 home draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bayern president Uli Hoeness admitted he needs some private talks with Kovac.

This has prompted fresh uncertainty surrounding the 47-year-old’s future with Matthaus now even backing Wenger for the top job.

“FC Bayern needs a coach they can look up to,” Matthaus wrote in a column on Sky.

“Someone they respect, who has something to show them, who gives them a concept and finds the right words – both in a sporting and human way.

“At the moment, I don’t see any other coach on the market except Arsene Wenger who can match the above requirements.

“Of course, Zinedine Zidane could be an option. But I can’t imagine Zidane in the role as ‘firefighter’ in München.

“However, I don’t think the language barrier would be too much of a problem.”

Wenger has already announced plans to return to management in January and Matthaus feels Bayern must now act quickly before a rival club gets him instead.

“If Bayern want Wenger, they should react quickly,” continued Matthaus.

“Otherwise, there is a danger they will lose out in München as they did in the past.

“With players like Sané and de Bruyne as well as coaches like Tuchel, Klopp and Nagelsmann, the Bavarians couldn’t reach an agreement or acted too hesitantly. They shouldn’t allow themselves such a mistake now.”

Wenger left Arsenal at the end of last season after 22 years in charge of the club.