Bayern Munich: Hermann Gerland heaps praise on Julian Nagelsmann

Bayern Munich will be managed by Julian Nagelsmann from next season. (MACDOUGALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich will be managed by Julian Nagelsmann from next season. (MACDOUGALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich had a teary final day of the season as they had to say bid farewells to numerous people. Players such as Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, and Javi Martinez were playing their final game after spending a decade at the club. Along with these three key players, long-serving coach Hermann Gerland also parted ways with the club.

Gerland is highly regarded at Die Roten by the club hierarchy and players. After working for decades at the club, Gerland decided to end his time at club. The German coach will soon make a decision regarding his next step in football.

The 66-year-old coach has worked with multiple coaches during his time in Bavaria. It was previously expected that he would be working with incoming manager Julian Nagelsmann. However, Gerland decided to step down and leave the club.

Julian Nagelsmann confirmed this week that he enjoys a good relationship with Gerland. While talking to Sport1 (via Bild), Gerland spoke glowingly about the incoming head coach from RB Leipzig. Gerland also revealed an offer from Nagelsmann to join him at Hoffenheim five years ago.

"“For me, Julian Nagelsmann is a first-class coach.”“Five years ago he asked me if I would like to be his assistant coach in Hoffenheim. I rejected the offer because I was with Bayern, the best club with the best coaches. Why should I have left there?”"

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Gerland also confirmed that he will not retire from the game. The German coach admitted that there are multiple offers on the table. It is such a shame for Nagelsmann to not have Gerland at the club since he would have helped him to settle at the club next season. Moreover, his experience would have been handy for Nagelsmann to get out of tricky situations during the campaign. Nagelsmann will be bringing a new coaching team with him this summer.

Along with Gerland, Miroslav Klose also left the club last weekend. Klose worked with youth teams for a couple of seasons before joining the support staff of Hansi Flick last summer. Die Roten reportedly wanted to keep Klose, but the former German striker decided to move on.

Earlier this week, Klose told Kicker that he would be taking a break from football due to medical reasons. The former German striker insisted that there are some exciting opportunities available, and he intends to manage the first team instead of working as an assistant coach.

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Meanwhile, David Alaba has completed his transfer to Real Madrid. The Austrian defender couldn’t reach an agreement with the club for contract renewal. Eventually, the German club withdrew all offers, and Alaba negotiated a contract with Real Madrid. He will reportedly earn significant wages at Real Madrid, which Die Roten was not ready to break the wage structure by agreeing to Alaba’s demands.