Jonker replaces Van Gaal at Bayern

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Bayern Munich have placed their faith in Andries Jonker to lead them into the Champions League next season after parting company with Louis van Gaal on Sunday.

Van Gaal was sacked after Saturday's 1-1 draw against Nurnberg saw the record German champions drop to fourth in the Bundesliga with just five games of the season remaining. Jonker, who was Van Gaal's right-hand man, has been placed in charge for those five games and given the task of leading the club into the top three.

"He enjoys the utmost faith within this club," said Bayern's director of sport Christian Nerlinger. "We have faith in him and believe that he will be able to master this challenge."

Nerlinger added: "It was not just a spur of the moment decision to pass the responsibility over to him. We know how much he cares for this club and that he is happy here and enjoys the team's respect. He has shown that today. He is 100% convinced that we will reach the goals we have."

Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained that there had been "no alternative" but to part company with Van Gaal. He and the club's decision makers met at the club's headquarters after the draw in Nurnberg and they informed the Dutchman of their decision soon after.

And president Uli Hoeness said it was a decision which was a long time in coming.

"It all started getting messy when he (Van Gaal) dropped Hans-Jorg Butt and replaced him with Thomas Kraft," he said. "That brought insecurity into the defence and we could not hold out for much longer.

"Football should be enjoyable, but there has been nothing enjoyable about football at FC Bayern for a while now. And to say that he had the players behind him was a myth."

Hoeness carried on by blaming Van Gaal for the recent crowd protests against his own person, saying the Dutchman's opposition to the planned bid for Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had created divisions in the club.

"The Manuel Neuer issue would never have escalated like it did and we would never have had any problems with the fans," he said. "Problems were created which were totally unnecessary and which have ripped the club to pieces. Louis Van Gaal should consider what he has done."

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