Julian Nagelsmann fired, Thomas Tuchel new coach. The big shock of the month comes from FC Bayern during the international break, when usually things don't happen, at least at top clubs.
The situation was apparently calm this week but in reality the Bayern bosses were reflecting on Julian Nagelsmann's position already after the defeat against Bayer Leverkusen; for too long the situation between Nagelsmann and the Bayern board had been quite cold and not easy to manage, a relationship full of complicated moments despite the excellent results of the German coach, especially in the Champions League.
Nagelsmann's numbers in Europe were incredible: just 2 goals conceded against Viktoria Plzen playing with the "second team", excellent performances with Inter, Barcelona and above all Paris Saint-Germain without ever conceding a goal, the feeling that Bayern was a serious candidate to win the Champions League.
Still, the relationship between the club bosses and the German coach had become difficult… but not to the point of breaking.
In fact, Julian Nagelsmann didn't expect to be sacked on Thursday night. He was on holiday with his family, enjoying some free days and recharging for the upcoming crucial matches with Bayern.
Nagelsmann knew of the club's intention to sack him on social media; it was a shock that the German coach had not foreseen, before the club informed him and confirmed the decision.
Bayern had by now decided to change managers precisely because of the difficulties in relations with Nagelsmann, the feeling that some players preferred some changes but also the intention not to be anticipated by other clubs on the real top target as new coach for the long-term project: Thomas Tuchel.
Yes, because Tuchel had been top of the list for Bayern for some time and the club had the feeling that Tottenham or Real Madrid could try the former Chelsea coach in the coming weeks.
So Bayern have decided to act fast and there is already a full agreement with Thomas Tuchel on a contract valid until June 2025, no doubt from Tuchel that he wanted to return to coaching as soon as possible after the separation with Chelsea last September .
Tuchel accepted Bayern because he loves the Bundesliga, he is convinced that Bayern's project can be successful and he considers the team a true top team that can be improved in the summer with just a few moves to be almost perfect.
🚨 EXCLUSIVE: FC Bayern are seriously considering to sack Julian Nagelsmann. Decision being discussed internally, the club could fire him soon. #FCBayern— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 23, 2023
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In short, Tuchel is excited about the possibility of joining Bayern in such a crucial moment of the season and from Monday he will start training in Germany as new head coach.
An unexpected but ready to start revolution, a big shock for Bayern and especially for Julian Nagelsmann.
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