‘Bavaria SHAKES!’: German papers react to ruthless sacking of Julian Nagelsmann at Bayern Munich… as Bild lift lid on 61-minute meeting which saw him axed and Thomas Tuchel picked as his successor
- RP notes that there is some the irony in sacking Nagelsmann before big game
- The former manager spent just 61 minutes in crisis talks before being fired
- Thomas Tuchel will face his former club in his first match in charge of Bayern
Julian Nagelsmann’s ruthless sacking and Thomas Tuchel’s subsequent appointment at Bayern Munich has made the front pages of German newspapers.
Rheinische Post announced the news of the dramatic reshuffle at the 31-time German champions under the front-page headline ‘Bavaria shakes’.
The newspaper also highlighted how Tuchel’s first match in charge will be against his old club Borussia Dortmund. The former Chelsea boss was officially unveiled as the new Bayern manager on Saturday.
‘Ironically, before the important game at BVB [Borussia Dortmund], the record champions fired their trainer Julian Nagelsmann.
‘His successor is Thomas Tuchel – Tuchel, of all people, who has a special connection with Dortmund.’
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Thomas Tuchel was on Saturday officially unveiled as the new manager of Bayern Munich
Tuchel’s spell with Bundesliga leaders Dortmund came between 2015 and 2017, before he left the club for Parisian outfit Paris Saint-Germain.
Bild used the front page of their sports section to lift the lid on how Nagelsmann’s ignominious exit took place, sharing details on the ‘phone call at 10pm on Thursday’ that ordered him back to the club while the coach was away on his Austrian skiing holiday.
On Friday, it was revealed that the manager, who has been at the Munich club since July 2021, was sacked during a brief 61-minute crisis summit with the club hierarchy.
The announcement of his axing was made shortly after the coach left the club’s headquarters at Saebener Strasse, with news of his sacking sharing the statement with the announcement of his successor’s appointment.
The clinical statement read: ‘FC Bayern München has released head coach Julian Nagelsmann. This decision was taken by CEO Oliver Kahn and board member for sport Hasan Salihamidžić in consultation with club president Herbert Hainer.
‘Nagelsmann will be succeeded by Thomas Tuchel. Tuchel will receive a contract until 30 June 2025 and will supervise squad training for the first time on Monday.’
Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn later shared his thoughts on the decision publicly, stating that Nagelsmann failed to deliver on their ‘shared aspiration’.
The former German international and Bayern goalkeeper said: ‘When we signed Julian Nagelsmann for FC Bayern in the summer of 2021, we were convinced we would work with him on a long-term basis – and that was the goal of all of us right up to the end.
‘Julian shares our aspiration to play successful and attractive football. But now we have come to the conclusion that the quality in our squad – despite the Bundesliga title last year – has come to the fore less and less often.
‘After the World Cup we have played less successfully and less attractively. The big fluctuations in performance have cast doubt on our goals for this season, but also our goals for the future. That is why we have acted now.
‘Personally and on behalf of FC Bayern, I would like to thank Julian and his coaching team, and wish everyone the best of luck for the future.’
Tuchel will have five days to prepare for his first match in charge when he arrives for training on Monday, with the club due to face league leaders Dortmund on April 1.
Ten days later, Bayern will play the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City at the Etihad.
Nagelsmann’s tenure at the club was not wholly unsuccessful, with Bayern becoming Bundesliga champions and winning two DFL Super Cup trophies on his watch.
Nagelsmann spent a mere 61 minutes talking to the club hierarchy before leaving permanently
Bayern club chiefs held a press conference on Saturday after sacking Nagelsmann on Friday
The young coach, who joined the club from RB Leipzig, also oversaw the team’s highest victory in 24 years in their 12-0 win over Bremer SV.
Nagelsmann departs with Bayern second in the Bundesliga, a point behind Dortmund.
Bild reported on Friday that Nagelsmann’s former employer could be forced to pay an overall package worth £62million based on figures estimating his yearly salary at approximately £8m.
Unless a settlement is agreed between the two parties, Bayern will have to pay the remaining three years of his contract, and they will also pay additional compensatory fees to Nagelsmann’s staff, who are set to leave the club with the manager.
Nagelsmann’s successor is said to be already building his backroom team, with the German manager interested in calling upon the services of Chelsea coach Anthony Barry.
Barry, who worked with Tuchel during his time at west London, is an assistant coach under new manager Graham Potter.
There are hopes that Tuchel is the right man for such a radical appointment, based largely on his Champions League success with the Blues only five months after his arrival in London.
Speaking to Bild, Mainz executive Christian Heidel, who worked with Tuchel during his time at the German club between 2004 and 2014, praised his former manager saying that success was ‘almost guaranteed’ in hiring the coach.
‘You have to be willing to get involved with Thomas Tuchel – and success is almost guaranteed,’ Heidel said.
‘That was always the case in Mainz, Dortmund, Paris and Chelsea. If you try to change him and talk him into his job, it will be difficult. But Oli Kahn and [sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic will know that.’
Tuchel has been out of work since he was fired by Chelsea’s new owner Todd Boehly in September, despite frequent links to their Premier League rivals Tottenham.
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