José Mourinho would “bring a certain glamor” to Bayern Munich, according to former midfielder Michael Ballack.
Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United midway through his third season at Old Trafford after a disastrous first half of the campaign and was replaced with Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
In Munich, Niko Kovač suffered a poor start to his Bayern career, ceding ground at the top of the table to Borussia Dortmund. He has since turned things around, though, and Bayern recently demolished their title contenders 5–0 at home to return to the summit of the Bundesliga.
However, executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was unwilling to guarantee Kovač’s future at the club.
And Ballack feels that the decorated Portuguese coach would be an excellent appointment for the German giants if they were to ever bring him onboard.
“Right now Niko Kovač is the head coach and that should be respected,” Ballack told Sport Bild. “He does a good job.
“[But] one cannot deny that, at some point in the future, the appointment of Mourinho would bring a certain glamor to the club and the Bundesliga.
“It has been seen with Pep Guardiola—his appointment gave the league a giant jolt, even if he did not win the Champions League at the end with Bayern. Guardiola introduced a certain style of play, he’s an exceptional coach.
“In addition, the international profile of each club is many times higher when you get Guardiola or Mourinho.
“With a coach like Mourinho, it’s probably easier for a club to get top stars. At the moment, the Bundesliga does not have the same appeal for world-class players as the Premier League. But Bayern would be well-advised to have world stars in their team.”
Ballack also revealed that he and Mourinho would often discuss Bayern during their time together at Chelsea.
“Mourinho spoke in high spirits about the club. And at Bayern, again and again, top foreign coaches have had success: Giovanni Trapattoni, Louis van Gaal, Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti.”
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