Bayern Munich: Nagelsmann has huge shoes to fill

FC Bayern have appointed Julian Nagelsmann as their new head coach ahead of the new season, signing a five-year-contract with the German record champions.

Matthew Crist

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann will join Bayern Munich on a five-year contract at the end of this season, the German champions have announced.

At 33, Nagelsmann is one of the most highly-rated young managers in Europe and led Leipzig to a Champions League semi-final last year.

According to Sky Germany he will join on July 1 with RB Leipzig getting up to €25m including bonuses as compensation.

The contract length is also a new record for Bayern Munich as Nagelsmann joins the Bundesliga champions on a five-year deal.

RB Leipzig

He has developed a reputation as one of the best young coaches having taken RB Leipzig to last season’s Champions League semi-finals while they are on course to finish second behind Bayern in the Bundesliga this campaign.

Nagelsmann will succeed Hansi Flick, who last week asked Bayern to terminate his contract at the end of the season and is widely tipped for the Germany national team job with Joachim Low set to quit after this summer’s European Championship.

Flick was initially the assistant manager to Niko Kovac, but the 56-year-old took over on an interim basis when the Croatian was sacked in November 2019.

He oversaw a stunning upturn in fortunes, winning the Bundesliga, Champions League and German Cup while the Club World Cup victory in February was Flick’s sixth trophy in his first 16 months in charge.

But despite being given a contract until June 2023, the former Bayern midfielder grew increasingly frustrated with the lack of new signings this season and found himself in a power struggle with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

“Nagelsmann has shown he is one of the best coaches in the world,” says Bayern fan Fernando Sánchez who has been following the club for 15 years.

“He was going to be the coach FC Bayern one day, maybe not this early on his career though.

“His teams play attractive football, he is respected by his players he has a great personality, and passionate about the game and maybe the most important thing: He likes Bayern, he is a Bayern fan himself and his family lives in Munich also.”

Bayern Munich

Nagelsmann became the youngest head coach in Bundesliga history when he took charge of Hoffenheim in February 2016 aged just 28.

After becoming manager of Leipzig in 2019, he led them to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga and the semi-finals of the Champions League in his first season.

This season Leipzig were involved in a strong title challenge as they looked for their first-ever Bundesliga title, but a 1-0 defeat to Bayern leaves them seven points off top spot.

“He will have a lot of pressure, in terms of bringing titles to Munich, just like Pep Guardiola, when he came after the amazing year that Bayern had under Jupp Heynckes,” says Fernando.

“It’s very sad to see Hansi Flick leave, but if there’s someone who can fill those shoes, that’s Julian Nagelsmann.”

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