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Thomas Tuchel to Replace Julian Nagelsmann as Bayern Coach

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Thomas Tuchel was appointed as Bayern Munich’s manager, replacing Julian Nagelsmann. Photo Credit:

The international break halting club football action for a week doesn’t stop the club football dramas. Sources from Fabrizio Romano announced that Bayern Munich has sacked Julian Nagelsmann and appointed Thomas Tuchel as their head coach. All decisions were made within half a day – a shocking move from the German giant.

Bayern’s Internal Issues?

Since Julian Nagelsmann set foot in Bayern Munich, dramas started to arise. Hansi Flick won Bayern Munich a treble in the 2019/2020 season and finished a sextuple in the following. But clashes in opinions with the board and pursuit from the German national team saw Hansi Flick leave the position. His departure affected the club internally, especially the core players of Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer

We rarely see teams paying fees for coaches, but Bayern brought Julian Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig for over $25 million, the highest coaching transfer ever. And after a disappointing outcome last season, fans and even some players have spoken out about their distrust for the young manager. Some even questioned his tactics: switching from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-5-2 hybrid. But the board ensured their belief in Nagelsmann and considered him a long-term project.

Bayern Munich played better under Nagelsmann this season, remaining undefeated in the Champions League, and was looking like a formidable force to take the prestigious trophy home. However, their recent loss to Bayer Leverkusen dropped them to second in the Bundesliga table, which is unacceptable considering their domination in the past ten years.

But are the results the problem for the dismissal, or are there any determining factors? Earlier this season, Bayern parted ways with long-time goalkeeper coach Toni Tapalovic, a good friend of captain Manuel Neuer. This stirred up a little storm inside the locker room, as Tapalovic is well-respected among players. Plus, recently, there has been a leak of Bayern tactics. Julian Nagelsmann was furious about the incident and wanted to find the “snitch.”

After all, Bayern Munich’s nickname is FC Hollywood, where personalities clash and dramas are always present.

A Questionable Decision

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According to Fabrizio Romano, there has been some argument between Julian Nagelsmann and the Bayern Munich management board. Plus, some players have again disapproved of the coach, which urges the club to change.

Still, the decision to sack a coach during the season’s most crucial period is almost unheard of from Bayern Munich, especially when the team still performs well. This decision has received a lot of backlash from Bayern Munich fans, as they are now convinced after the team’s Champions League display.

Another irking remark is that Julian Nagelsmann learned about his dismissal through the media on his skiing trip, with little to no discussion with the upper figures. The players also found out through the media, which was a shocker.

This is the fifth coaching change of Bayern in the past six seasons…

Thomas Tuchel as a Replacement

Thomas Tuchel was appointed only around an hour after the firing of Nagelsmann. He is always on Bayern’s watchlist after leaving Chelsea. One of the reasons for hire is that Bayern feared teams like Real Madrid and Tottenham, whose coaches will depart at the end of the season, might get a hold of Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel, like Nagelsmann, is among the new and talented generation of coaches. He prefers a high-pressure pressing and a three-at-the-back formation, which Bayern has all the tools to do, and we can see that towards the end of Nagelsmann’s tenure at Bayern.

The Champions League-winning coach will begin his duty immediately in the quest for a potential treble.

A Bayern Munich fan’s Take on the Situation

Thomas Tuchel is a brilliant mind, and he has proven that with a Champions League title and could repeat this with Bayern. However, the timing of the change is mind-baffling, and the players might take some time to adapt to the tactical shift. The battles for the semifinals against Manchester City will occur in less than a month. Is there enough time?

Julian Nagelsmann has gained the trust and love of many die-hard Bayern fans. The management board of Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic needs to elaborate on the situation further.

Until then, thank you, Julian Nagelsmann, for a beautiful period, and we all wish you the best in the coming years. With his top-tier caliber of coaching, there is no doubt that teams will fight for his service. Mia san Mia!

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