Julian Nagelsmann will take over as coach at Bayern Munich this summer and sign a five-year contract. There are three big tasks waiting for the 33-year-old at his new employer.
What Julian Nagelsmann’s lifelong dream is, has recently become a no longer desirable burden for Hansi Flick: to be the coach of FC Bayern Munich. Only because the current coach insisted on early termination of the contract, Nagelsmann got the post. The main reasons for Flick’s job: A falling out with sports director Hasan Salihamidzic and different views on the areas of responsibility of a coach at FC Bayern. Keyword management planning.
“It’s difficult to evaluate and I’m not entitled to either,” said Nagelsmann at the press conference on Tuesday about Flick’s end as Bayern coach. And then he briefly talked about his childhood, which at 33 years of age was not that long ago: “I once learned from my mom: If two children argue in kindergarten, don’t interfere.”
As of summer, however, Nagelsmann will play a decisive role as Flick’s successor and trainer in this kindergarten called FC Bayern. The decisive factor for his success at the largest club in the country will be that he quickly understands the prevailing structures and integrates himself accordingly, despite bringing his own ideas. Nagelsmann should try to avoid getting caught between the lines or even in a dispute. He knows: “Quiet is important for every club. That will be my goal in Munich.”
At the management level, FC Bayern is a club in upheaval: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is handing over the position of CEO to Oliver Kahn at the end of the year, Salihamidzic is becoming more and more powerful and has honorary president Uli Hoeneß behind him. In the meantime, FC Bayern has a grown management circle on the field with opinionated leaders such as Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Müller, who are still completely behind the outgoing Flick, who fell out with Salihamidzic.
Task 1: Integration into the structures
Nagelsmann needs to know: The team values an empathic approach, a coherent tactical idea and demanding training work. Flick and Jupp Heynckes combined these aspects and were successful. Carlo Ancelotti and Niko Kovac missed them at some point and ultimately failed because the leading players turned away from them.
For Nagelsmann, working with Salihamidzic depends on building a relationship of trust and on a common line in transfers and general management planning. In the future, players should no longer be able to be divided into camps, as happened recently between Flick (Boateng, Alaba, etc.) and Salihamidzic (Nübel, Hernandez, Roca, etc.).
Nagelsmann benefits from the circumstances and financial framework of his move when he joins the structures of FC Bayern. A transfer fee of around 25 million euros and a well-endowed five-year contract allow him to operate from a position of security, from a position of power.