Sandro Wagner decides against a return to FC Bayern. The ex-striker has other plans for his coaching career.
Munich – FC Bayern is known for integrating former players into the club after the end of their careers. Sandro Wagner would have been predestined for this as a homegrown and genuine Munich native. But the champion coach of SpVgg Unterhaching has other plans and gives Bayern a basket.
|Born:||29 November 1987 (age 35 years), Munich|
|Player Stations:||FC Bayern, MSV Duisburg, Werder Bremen, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Hertha BSC, Darmstadt 98, TSG Hoffenheim, Tianjin Teda|
|Trainer stations:||SpVgg Unterhaching U19, SpVgg Unterhaching|
|Internationals:||8 for Germany (5 goals)|
Rejection of FC Bayern: Sandro Wagner opts for another club
Sandro Wagner will not return to FC Bayern for the time being and no coach on campus, Sport1 reports. Sport Bild also confirms the 35-year-old's decision. According to the report, Bayern held many internal talks about Wagner last week.
The current coach of SpVgg Unterhaching was traded as the successor to U19 coach Danny Galm, who will leave the club after a fifth place last season. However, according to Sport1, Wagner has already given a commitment to another club and is therefore not available to FC Bayern. It was not initially known where the eight-time national striker would move to.
Sandro Wagner does not want to move to FC Bayern as a coach. © Sven Leifer/Imago
Basket for FC Bayern: Sandro Wagner forges other plans
Wagner had led SpVgg Unterhaching to the championship title in the Regionalliga Bayern after a mixed debut season as a professional coach in the current season. In the relegation for promotion to the 3rd league, the suburbs will face the northeast representative Energie Cottbus on Wednesday (7 June, 20.30 p.m.) and Sunday (11 June, 13 p.m.). Wagner had already announced his departure in March, and he is drawn to the professional sector.
"I want to become an absolute top coach and finish at the top. The Bundesliga is at the top of my list. I would like to train there at some point," Wagner said in an interview with Sport1 two years ago. Wagner is currently working on his A-license and will start training as a football coach at the end of 2024.
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And who knows: Should Wagner, who also works as a TV pundit for ZDF, actually reach the top one day, it might still work out with a return to FC Bayern. Born in Munich, he already played for FCB in his youth. As a player, he returned to Säbener Straße in 2018 after several stints in the Bundesliga (including Hertha BSC, TSG Hoffenheim), where he scored eleven goals in 38 competitive games. So Wagner knows the club very well.
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Wagner called the departure of CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic from FC Bayern a "defeat for the whole club". "Crazy. I'm really at a loss for words. Fashion, timing," said the former Bayern professional in the "Current Sports Studio" of ZDF about the decision. So his former club is repositioning itself in the management floor, Uli Hoeneß is taking on more responsibility again and risking a dangerous game with the Bayern fans. (ck)