After being linked to a coaching job in AC Milan and turning down an opportunity to become the manager of Fulham, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is once again in the news.
British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported last November 26th the management of Bayern Munich is considering to hire Wenger as manager of the multiple time Bundesliga champion.
According to the source of The Daily Telegraph, ‘’ Wenger is keen to return to management in a job that offers him the chance to end his career with silverware and compete at the top level.’’
The same newspaper also reported last November 14th that Wenger rejected the offer to become the manager of Fulham since he doesn’t want to take over another English club after spending 22 years at Arsenal.
The 69-year-old was also being courted by French club Paris Saint-Germain to come aboard as technical director, according also to the report of The Daily Telegraph about the Bayern Munich managerial intrigued.
Bayern Munich, the current Bundesliga champion is currently in third in the current season with 27 points.
Wenger’s managerial intrigued came to live with Bayern Munich are currently struggling in their current Bundesliga campaign after appointing Niko Kovac as the new manager has replaced Jupp Heynckes last June.
The evidence is Bayern already suffered three losses and three draw against the seven wins so far in the current Bundesliga season.
But the appointment of Wenger to Bayern Munich is shelved for now after current Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge gave a ‘’vote of confidence’’ to Kovac.
‘’The wish of all us at FC Bayern is to collaborate with Niko Kovac for a long time,’’ said Rummenigge in an interview with German tabloid Abendzeitung, quoted in a report of Goal.com.
“It’s my wish that he not only is our coach at Christmas in 2018 but also in 2019 and in 2020,’’ he added.
Tim Cahill officially retires from international play
For the very last time, Australia forward Tim Cahill played for the Socceroos in a friendly match against Lebanon, which the former won 3-0 last November 20th at the ANZ Stadium, Sydney Australia.
Cahill initially announced his retirement from international football last July but he came out from retirement once more, as the Football Federation Australia (FFA) recognized his contributions to the sport.
‘’Tim’s contribution to football and the Socceroos especially over the past 14 years has been immense,” said FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop via myfootball.com.
“When Tim made the decision to retire from international football we swiftly began discussions internally, and with him and his management team, regarding how FFA could provide Tim with an appropriate send-off on home soil,” Gallop added.
As a send-off to the long-time Australian forward, Martin Boyle scored twice for the Socceroos during the 19th and 41st minute while Matthew Leckie found the back of the net in the 68th minute.
Cahill played his 108 matches for Australia and will end his international career in scoring 50 goals.
“Every time I wore the green and gold, I played with my heart and I never left anything on the pitch. Thank you very much Australia,” said Cahill via The Independent.
In his 14 years of service for Australia, the 38-year-old led Australia to four FIFA World Cup appearances (2006,2010,2014,2018) and become vital in Australia’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup championship back in 2015.
Cahill is currently playing for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League. He also played for different clubs around the world including a stint for English club Everton from 2004 to 2012 and Major League Soccer (MLS) team New York Red Bulls.
The Australia-Lebanon friendly is also part of the Socceroos preparation for the AFC Asian Cup next year, which the Socceroos will defend their title first won back in 2015.