The soccer news starts with the kind of crisis only reserved for the elitist of clubs. Bayern Munich still isn't in 1st-place in the Bundesliga. It's an interesting turn of events over the opening ten games for the defending champions. Bayern is on a seven-title winning streak, expecting to take their 30th championship this season. No other team in Germany has hit double-digits in lifting that shiny plate awarded to the league winner.
Bayern Munich is in 4th-place, four points out of the top spot and coming off of a disheartening 5-1 loss at Eintracht. That Bayern played a man down from the 9th minute hardly matters and certainly isn't an adequate excuse. This is Bayern, after all, the perennial champion.
"We started well, but everything we had planned was thrown into disarray after eight minutes," Bayern coach Niko Kovac said. "It's tough to play more than 80 minutes with a man down here in Frankfurt. I think we did well in the first half despite going two goals down. We pulled one back and were in control. Then we conceded the third four minutes after halftime. Of course we mustn't lose 5-1 here. Our performance today is not what we expect of ourselves. We didn't play well in the second-half."
Kovac lasted another day as coach of Bayern Munich. A Sunday conversation ended up in the ever popular exit "by mutual consent." Bayern is now looking for a new coach with the expected list of major names now attached to the job. Regardless of who gets it, the goal is the same as always. Win immediately with the most expensive squad in the Bundesliga.
"The performances of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was a need for action," Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in the press statement announcing the decision. Uli Hoeness, Hasan Salihamidzic, and I had an open and serious discussion with Niko this Sunday based on that and came to the mutual decision that Niko is no longer head coach of FC Bayern. We all regret this development. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, particularly for last season’s double win."
In a results oriented business, Bayern was either going to push up the table from the unfamiliar climate of 4th-place or something was going to change. In November, that's almost always going to be the coach. Who Bayern hires is the story, but it's only part of the point they're making. The biggest club in the league isn't going to join those celebrating what so far looks like a new parity in the Bundesliga. Unless that parity ends with Bayern top of the table, it's not going to work for them.
The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein considers the options for Bayern Munich's next coach. iNews' Alex Finnis explains the Italian government's interest in penalty decisions. World Soccer's Tim Vickery reports on the changes to club soccer in South America.">for Bayern Munich's next coach. iNews' Alex Finnis explains the Italian government's interest in penalty decisions. World Soccer's Tim Vickery reports on the changes to club soccer in South America.
ESPN's Nick Miller rounds up what happened in the Premier League over the weekend. The Guardian's Daniel Harris asks about Pep Guardiola's mix of players throughout his coaching career. The Irish Times' Ken Early wonders about the state of Arsenal. The NY Times' Tariq Panja focuses on the separation between the business and playing sides at Liverpool with a profile of CEO Peter Moore. Fooball 365 has Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp pushing for a discussion about the soccer calendar.
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