Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann has unexpectedly fired ahead of their quarter-final match against Manchester City in the Champions League.
According to Bild, Bayern Munich decided to terminate Nagelsmann’s contract early, with 13 more rounds of the Bundesliga to go, despite their strong position as contenders in this season’s Champions League after reaching the quarter-finals to face Manchester City.
Former Dortmund, PSG, and Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has been chosen by the Bundesliga champions to take over at the Allianz Arena. Tuchel signed a contract until June 2025 with the Bavarian team.
Nagelsmann won 60 out of 84 matches (71.4%) since taking over Bayern Munich in July 2021, but only won one Bundesliga title and two German Super Cups. According to football expert Fabrizio Romano, the reason for the 35-year-old coach’s dismissal was due to Bayern Munich’s decline this season and a lack of control in the dressing room.
The club’s key players, such as Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller, were reportedly dissatisfied with the tactics of the coach, which had been building up since the previous season and had become more pronounced recently.
Last week, Bayern Munich suffered a 1-2 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen, and Borussia Dortmund took over the top spot in the Bundesliga with one point ahead of Bayern after 25 rounds. Nagelsmann expressed his frustration by criticizing his players’ “zero work rate.”
Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic also said that Bayern Munich players were playing lazy, unmotivated football, and ultimately blamed the head coach. Another reason for Bayern Munich’s immediate action against Nagelsmann was the fear of losing Thomas Tuchel to other teams, especially after Tottenham targeted the German coach as they prepare to dismiss Antonio Conte.
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