Women's Football

Alexander Straus named as new Bayern Munich Women head coach

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Alexander Straus has been named Bayern Munich women's new head coach
Alexander Straus has been named Bayern Munich women's new head coach / Johannes Simon/GettyImages

Bayern Munich have appointed Alexander Straus as the new head coach of their women's team.

The 46-year-old joins the German outfit following two years with Sandviken TF / SK Brann in his native Norway, having guided the club to the first league title in their history during the 2021 campaign.

Straus replaces Jens Scheuer in the Bayern hot seat, who announced in May he would be departing the club following three years in charge. Bayern won the Frauen Bundesliga under Scheuer's guidance during the 2020/21 season, ending Wolfsburg's run of four successive league titles, before finishing second last term and reaching the Champions League quarter finals.

"I can hardly wait for my time as head coach at FC Bayern to begin and I'm really looking forward to starting training," Straus told Bayern's official club website. "As part of a big club like FC Bayern, our goal must always be to win every competition we enter. 

"We have a team with very, very good players and I have the greatest respect for the work that previous coach Jens Scheuer and his staff did here. I will certainly not turn everything upside down, but will try to develop the team bit by bit."

The Bayern job is Straus' first outside of Norway, having previously also had spells with SK Brann Kvinner, in addition to managing his country's Under-23 and Under-19 women's national sides.

Bayern had already dipped into the transfer market this summer ahead of Straus' arrival, signing England midfielder Georgia Stanway after her Manchester City contract expired, as well as Brazilian defender Tainara from Bordeaux.

On the style of play and coaching style fans and players can expect, Straus added: "My preferred game idea is that my teams are always dominant. We have to control the pace of the game when we have the ball and always play boldly and offensively. When we don't have the ball, our number one goal has to be to get the ball back as quickly as possible so we can start the next attack.

"My coaching philosophy is based on trusting the qualities and abilities of my players and my staff. I also see my task as helping everyone to understand and implement our game idea, be it tactically, technically or in terms of self-image - on and off the pitch."