Julian Nagelsmann will be the new coach of FC Bayern Munich for the coming season. Despite the world record amount for a trainer, the record champion is initially the biggest winner from the agreement with the 33-year-old and his current club, RB Leipzig. The situation is different with the Saxons, who are now threatened with the well-known fate of a Bayern hunter. Was BVB boss Watzke right after all? The financially largest coach transfer in football history from three perspectives.
There have been many names that have been thrown into the pot as successor candidates at FC Bayern in the past two weeks since coach Hansi Flick announced his resignation. Here you heard from Erik ten Haag, there from Xabi Alonso or, completely elsewhere, from Massimiliano Allegri. But actually it was clear who was the big favorite on Säbener Strasse. And that, in turn, is what makes Julian Nagelsmann special.
He is what Pep Guardiola was before him at the German record champions. A common denominator. A desired solution that all decision-makers could and wanted to get involved in very quickly. A very unusual process at Bayern, where Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge did not always agree on the coach question (Klinsmann instead of Klopp, Heynckes instead of Tuchel, which then became Kovac, Wenger instead of Flick, etc.). The record fee for him (20 to 25 million euros) and the duration of the contract (five years) are an expression of maximum conviction on the part of Bayern.
Why there was consensus in the Bayern management floor so quickly at Nagelsmann is quite simple: As a coach, the 33-year-old simply serves everything that the record champions want. On the one hand, the dominant and possession-oriented style of play that Nagelsmann has copied and internalized from Guardiola fits.
On the other hand, Nagelsmann is attributed the quality that made Flick so successful at Bayern and where, for example, Niko Kovac or Carlo Ancelotti failed at Bayern: The ability to find human access to his players.
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While Hoeneß revealed after Ancelotti’s dismissal that the Italian had spoiled himself with five prominent players, spoke of the “enemy in their own bed” and also gave a lecture after Kovac’s dismissal that parts of the team “wanted to get rid of” the Croatian is Nagelsmanns Picture a pretty positive one with former and current players.
It fits humanly and professionally – and by the way, FC Bayern also buries a proverbial dog that repeatedly scourged him despite this successful and short flick era. Because unlike the triple trainer and world champion co-trainer, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic and Nagelsmann should “work on the same wavelength” as they do picture formulated. Salihamidzic is even an “admirer” of Nagelsmann, whose availability he is said to have checked weeks ago.
A conflict like the one that has worsened over the course of the current season between Salihamidzic and Flick, especially because of squad planning issues, initially seems to be ruled out.
Of course, Nagelsmann will also have clear ideas about the formation of the Bayern squad, but he shouldn’t tend to present them with pronounced stubbornness. Especially since Nagelsmann is already allowed to take his defense chief from Leipzig with him for a lot of money in Dayot Upamecano.
In the end, the Nagelsmann transfer is the ideal solution for Bayern. Not only did they get their dream coach, whom the then President Uli Hoeneß wanted to bring from Hoffenheim in 2015 (at that time for the youth). Together with the best defender, they also got rid of their currently worst competitor in the league, who is now threatened with maximum upheaval after the end of the season.