Crystal Palace's Glasner Rejects Bayern Munich Approach Amid Top-10 Ambitions

Crystal Palace manager Oliver Glasner rejects Bayern Munich's €18m approach, committing to the Premier League team. Bayern Munich continues their search for a new head coach after Glasner's rejection and other high-profile names turning them down.

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Crystal Palace's Glasner Rejects Bayern Munich Approach Amid Top-10 Ambitions

Crystal Palace's Glasner Rejects Bayern Munich Approach Amid Top-10 Ambitions

Crystal Palace manager Oliver Glasner has rejected an approach from German giants Bayern Munich, committing to the Premier League team amidst speculation of players' departures and a potential top-10 finish in the 2023/24 season. Bayern had proposed an €18 million (£15.5m) compensation package to secure Glasner's services, but Crystal Palace demanded €100m (£86m).

Glasner is keen to build at Crystal Palace. Since his arrival in February, the Eagles have amassed more points than all but three teams - Arsenal, Manchester City, and Chelsea. Glasner's impact has been transformational, with five wins from their last six games, including a 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United.

The Austrian manager's attention to detail and ability to demonstrate rather than simply tell his players what they need to do has been key in achieving buy-in from them. Glasner's approach is a middle ground between the stand-off light touch applied by Roy Hodgson and the relentless almost impossibly impeccable standards demanded by Patrick Vieira. Players respect Glasner's firm but fair approach, which has improved them and achieved strong results.

Bayern Munich have been struggling to find a new head coach after Thomas Tuchel's departure, with several high-profile names, including Xabi Alonso, Julian Nagelsmann, and Ralf Rangnick, rejecting their approaches. The German club has now begun talks with former head coach Hansi Flick. Max Eberl, Bayern's sporting director, criticized the media for their coverage of Bayern's protracted head coach search, stating that "normally people speak behind closed doors" and that the public nature of the negotiations "doesn't make it any easier."

Glasner's commitment to Crystal Palace comes as a significant boost for the team, which is eyeing a top-10 finish in the 2023/24 season. The manager has improved the performances of players such as Will Hughes, Nathaniel Clyne, Tyrick Mitchell, and Jean-Philippe Mateta, whose value in the transfer market has increased under Glasner. However, Palace will need to demonstrate that they can match Glasner's ambition with their transfer activity starting this summer, particularly with players like Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze, and Marc Guehi having established suitors.

Crystal Palace have denied any contact or talks with Bayern Munich regarding Glasner's potential move. The Austrian manager, who is under contract until 2026, has accepted Palace's decision and remains committed to the Premier League club. Bayern Munich, meanwhile, continue their search for a new head coach as they look to bounce back from a disappointing season that saw them lose the Bundesliga title to Bayer Leverkusen and exit the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid.

Key Takeaways

  • Oliver Glasner rejects Bayern Munich's €18m approach, committing to Crystal Palace.
  • Glasner's impact at Palace has been transformational, with 5 wins in 6 games.
  • Bayern Munich begins talks with Hansi Flick after several high-profile rejections.
  • Glasner's commitment boosts Palace's top-10 finish hopes in the 2023/24 season.
  • Palace must match Glasner's ambition with transfer activity to keep key players.