Thomas Tuchel, former Chelsea manager has agreed a contract with Bayern Munich until June 2025 after the club confirmed rumours of its sacking of Julian Nagelsmann and will take training for the first time on Monday.
News of Nagelsmann’s departure spread on Thursday evening and on Friday he returned from holiday to be told that he had lost his job despite leading Bayern to their 10th straight German league crown last season.
Bayern’s chief executive, Oliver Kahn, broke the news in a statement on the club’s website outlining the reasons for the abrupt termination of the former Liepzig coach’s contract.
“When we signed Julian Nagelsmann for FC Bayern in the summer of 2021, we were convinced we would work with him on a long-term basis – and that was the goal of all of us right up to the end. Julian shares our aspiration to play successful and attractive football. We came to the conclusion that the quality of our squad was less and less visible despite winning the league last season.
“After the World Cup we were playing less successful and less attractive football and the ups and downs in our form put our season goals, and beyond, at risk. That is why we have acted now.”
Nagelsmann took over in 2021 and led the Bavarian club to the Bundesliga title but failed to win any other silverware last season.
Bayern crashed out in the German Cup second round after a demolition by Borussia Mönchengladbach and were then eliminated from the Champions League last season in a quarter-final defeat by the Spanish underdogs Villarreal.
Bayern prepare to face Borussia Dortmund next week in the Bundesliga, on Saturday 1 April, and Manchester City in this season’s Champions League quarter-finals on 11 and 19 April.
Tuchel won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021, followed by the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup, and was voted Coach of the Year in 2021 before being sacked last September after a 1-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.
The German professional football manager has built a reputation as a forward-thinking tactician in the Bundesliga during his time at Mainz before taking over at Dortmund for two years and leading them to their fourth DFB Cup at the time.
He has also delivered back-to-back French league titles at Paris Saint-Germain and took them to their first Champions League final in 2020, which they lost to Bayern.