The international break in March provides the right time for clubs to reflect on the performances of the team over the season. Some clubs decide to take the drastic step of sacking the manager in the hope of having a strong end to the campaign. In a strange turn of events, it does look like Bayern Munich will be the big club that will terminate the contract of the head coach.
According to several reports in Germany and Fabrizio Romano, Bayern has decided to part ways with Julian Nagelsmann. The German coach is expected to receive the official communication from the club on Friday.
It is a strange and very reactive move from Bayern since the club is well-placed in all competitions to achieve glory. The Bavarian club has won all of their eight games in the Champions League, with six of these wins coming against Inter Milan, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain. Die Roten will face Manchester City in the quarter-final after the international break.
Bayern has also booked a place in the quarter-final of the DFB Pokal. They will face Freiburg in this round. Nagelsmann made sure Die Roten is an efficient team in the cup competitions this season, which further highlights how poor the decision is from the club.
The form of Bayern in the Bundesliga has been inconsistent this season. They had a slow start to 2023 with three consecutive draws, while the third league defeat of the season came away at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. Despite the inconsistency in performances, Bayern is still the favourite to defend the league title since they are just one point behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund.
The departure of Julian Nagelsmann raises questions about the new board’s decision-making. They have consistently insisted that the German coach is part of the long-term project, so sacking him at the decisive part of the season will raise eyebrows. Moreover, a new head coach at this point in the season may derail their campaign in the Champions League due to instability.
The only plausible reason for Nagelsmann’s departure is that he fell out with the board at Bayern. It doesn’t look like he lost the dressing room since players have recently delivered solid performances, including the 2-0 win against PSG at Allianz Arena two weeks ago. The next few days will give a lot of clarity on this shocking development in Bavaria.
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Several German reports have confirmed that Thomas Tuchel is set to replace Julian Nagelsmann. The former PSG manager has been without a job since leaving Chelsea before the World Cup. The 49-year-old head coach is likely to be at Sabner Strasse over the weekend to iron out the finer details of his contract.