Julian Nagelsmann opens up about Bayern Munich departure

Germany head coach Julian Nagelsmann reveals how he coped with his sacking at Bayern Munich during last season.
Julian Nagelsmann opens up about his sacking at Bayern Munich.
Julian Nagelsmann opens up about his sacking at Bayern Munich. / Guenther Iby/GettyImages

The 2022/23 campaign for Bayern Munich was eventful for all wrong reasons. They were knocked out of the DFB Pokal and Champions League in the knockout stages, while the Bundesliga title race went down to the wire. If Borussia Dortmund had won their final game of the season, Die Roten would have lost the title.

The performances of Bayern throughout last season were inconsistent. They had both good and poor run of results in patches. Courtesy of this inconsistency, Julian Nagelsmann was sacked from the head coach position at the end of March.

The departure of Nagelsmann came as a shock to the squad and fans. Bayern were alive in all three competitions when they parted ways with Nagelsmann. Hasan Salihamidzic and Oliver Kahn felt a new coach was needed to improve the results and performances. Thomas Tuchel was appointed as the new head coach after Nagelsmann's departure.

Julian Nagelsmann quickly moved into a new position as he was appointed the head coach of the German National team in October. While talking to ZDF last week (via iMiaSanMia), Nagelsmann opened up about how he went about things after his sacking at Bayern. The German coach also felt that he never lost the dressing room at the club.

""When you take a job at a big club, you know what you got yourself into - that can always happen. I didn't fall into a hole after that. I tried to reflect about what I did right and what went wrong. Of course I wasn't happy with the way it (the dismissal) happened. But that's how football works, I can't blame the club. Lost the dressing room? I didn't have that feeling. Some things were not presented in a good way, for example the ski holiday.""

Julian Nagelsmann

Nagelsmann also insisted that there is no bitterness between him and Bayern chiefs despite the way his sacking was handled. The German coach's representatives got to know about the club's decision through the media before it was communicated to him. Several players also publicly expressed their disappointment about the club's decision to sack Nagelsmann.

Bayern won Bundesliga and DFB Supercup under Nagelsmann. The German coach was expected to be part of long-term plans at Bayern since he signed a five-year deal. There were a few memorable performances under him, but the club chiefs gave up on him too soon.

The former Hoffenheim coach could have got back to club management in the summer. Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea were credibly linked with Nagelsmann, but talks broke down for different reasons. He eventually replaced Hansi Flick as the head coach of the German National team on a year-long deal.

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Nagelsmann has not enjoyed a good start to life as the boss of the German National team. He is tasked with extracting good performances from the team in next summer's Euros on the home soil. Leon Goretzka believes that Germany will do well under Nagelsmann. Time will tell if Nagelsmann will continue as the coach of the national team or return to club football after the Euros next summer.