The first international break of the season was catastrophic for Germany. They suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat against Japan, which eventually led to the sacking of Hansi Flick. DFB needs to get the next appointment spot on in order to prepare for next summer’s Euros on home soil. They have decided to go ahead with another former Bayern Munich head coach to change the fortunes of the team.
According to Bild, DFB is close to reaching an agreement with Julian Nagelsmann to become the head coach of the German national team. Bayern are currently working on terminating Nagelsmann’s contract, which will remove hurdles for DFB to make the appointment.
As per Sport1, Nagelsmann is also taking a pay cut to take up this role with the German national team. DFB has reportedly offered Nagelsmann a salary of €4 million/year, which is €3 million less than what he was earning at Bayern.
Kicker is reporting that the German coach’s entourage tried to negotiate a severance pay with Bayern to make up for the gap between DFB’s offer and what he was earning in Bavaria. The record Bundesliga champions dismissed this proposal. They are not requesting a fee from DFB for Nagelsmann, so there is no desire to pay any sort of severance package.
Bayern have previously insisted that they will make sure that the deal for Nagelsmann to become Germany’s head coach will not fall through from their side. They would have commanded a fee for the German coach from clubs, but DFB cannot afford to pay a fee, which has led to a contract termination. Die Roten had sacked Nagelsmann in March due to inconsistent performances.
Nagelsmann is expected to sign a one-year contract with DFB. The prospect of managing Germany in Euro 2024 on home soil has been attractive for the 36-year-old head coach. His first official game for Germany will be against the USA in a friendly on October 14.
Julian Nagelsmann has worked in club football setup, so this will be a big change for him. His work in knockout competitions for Bayern was far from impressive, but things looked much better in the DFB Pokal and Champions League last season. He will look to emulate a similar level of consistency with Germany ahead of Euro 2024.
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The former Bayern head coach will be reunited with several players from his time at Hoffenheim, Die Roten, and RB Leipzig in the German national setup. Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka have publicly given glowing feedback about Nagelsmann in the past. German football fans will hope that Nagelsmann will provide some sort of optimism after hapless performances in big competitions over the past five years.