Thomas Tuchel is open to staying as Bayern Munich coach amid concerns he may not be offered the Manchester United job even if it becomes available, a source told ESPN.

Bayern announced last February that Tuchel would leave the club at the end of the season. But after being ruled out by a number of potential replacements – including Xabi Alonso, Julian Nagelsmann and Ralf Rangnick – the German club held talks with Tuchel about the possibility of staying.

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Tuchel sees United as a potential next step if they decide to part ways with Erik ten Hag at the end of the season. But according to a source, he fears he won’t get the job even if Ten Hag leaves.

There is concern that incoming sporting director Dan Ashworth wants the coach to fit into a wider structure rather than appoint a manager with more control, leading Tuchel to believe he may not fit the bill.

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea coach has a reputation for challenging club presidents. Meanwhile, Ashworth built his CV as a successful sporting director by working with Gareth Southgate during his time with the FA and with Graham Potter at Brighton.

Tuchel remains open to formal talks with United if negotiations with Bayern break down and a vacancy arises at Old Trafford.

United are set to wait until after the FA Cup final against Manchester City on May 25 before making a decision on Ten Hag’s future.

The Dutch coach, who has a contract until 2025, is under increasing pressure after a disappointing second season in office. United have finished their Champions League group and, with one league game remaining, are in danger of recording their worst finish of the Premier League era.

United, eighth in the league, will fail to qualify for Europe next season if they do not finish in the top seven or win the FA Cup. United can move up to seventh by improving on Newcastle United’s result against Brentford when they face Brighton at the Amex on Sunday.


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