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Bayern Munich: Nagelsmann frontrunner to replace Tuchel

With Thomas Tuchel’s departure from Bayern Munich at the end of the season looming, the question of his successor has taken center stage. According to Sky Sport Germany, the club’s management has set their sights on Julian Nagelsmann, the current German national team coach.

Nagelsmann, who was surprisingly sacked from his Bayern Munich coaching role in March 2023, is reportedly open to a return to the club after the 2024 European Championship. However, his return is far from guaranteed, as the German Football Association is also keen on extending his contract until the 2026 World Cup.

The Bavarians, who have just relinquished their Bundesliga title to Bayer Leverkusen after an 11-year reign, also have backup options in their sights: Unai Emery and Roberto De Zerbi, currently under contract with Aston Villa and Brighton in the Premier League, respectively.

Nagelsmann’s appeal

Nagelsmann’s return to Bayern Munich would be a popular choice among fans and pundits alike. The young coach, who has impressed with his innovative tactics and man-management skills, is seen as the ideal candidate to restore the club to its former glory.

His familiarity with the Bayern Munich setup, having served as the club’s coach for a brief period in 2021-22, would also be a major asset. However, the club’s willingness to pay off Nagelsmann’s hefty release clause at the German FA could be a stumbling block.

Emery and De Zerbi as Alternatives

Unai Emery and Roberto De Zerbi emerge as potential alternatives to Nagelsmann. Emery, a seasoned manager with a proven track record of success in Europe, could bring stability and experience to the Bayern Munich dugout.

De Zerbi, on the other hand, is a rising star in the coaching world, having impressed with his attacking brand of football at Brighton. His style of play would likely be a refreshing change for Bayern Munich fans.

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