Thomas Tuchel Confirms Departure from Bayern Munich

After initially announcing his departure from the club in February, Bayern Munich had a change of heart. However, Thomas Tuchel has now confirmed that he will not be coaching the team next season.

In Barcelona, we witnessed the Xavi saga. The Spanish coach declared his exit from the Blaugranas at the end of the season, only for the two parties to reconcile briefly before parting ways again. Well, in Germany, we’ve had the Thomas Tuchel drama. On February 21, Bayern Munich announced the departure of their coach at the season’s end. “FC Bayern Munich and coach Thomas Tuchel have jointly decided to end their collaboration, originally set to expire on June 30, 2025, on June 30, 2024. This follows a friendly conversation between CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen and Thomas Tuchel.”

This was followed by a flurry of rumours about potential successors to the former PSG coach. Names like Zinedine Zidane, Xabi Alonso, Jürgen Klopp, Ralf Rangnick, and Roberto De Zerbi were all in the mix. However, each of these options seemed to fade away by the day, leading to speculation of a Catalan-style turnaround. With no coach in sight, Bayern resumed discussions with Tuchel to convince him to stay.

Tuchel Confirms Negotiations with Bayern

The 50-year-old coach didn’t oppose the idea, buoyed by the support of several key players. However, this Friday, it all fell apart. Thomas Tuchel addressed the media to confirm his departure. “This is the last press conference at Säbener Straße (Bayern’s training center). The agreement from February stands. There were further discussions, but we did not reach an agreement,” he revealed, shedding light on the reasons behind the breakdown.

“It’s not about pride, ego, or being the winner. It’s about living your profession with all your passion. I believe we always leave our mark. This also happened here. Timing is crucial. We chose Bayern Munich with full awareness. It was a quick and emotional decision. The decision-makers who convinced us are no longer here. Moments that feel like upheavals can be opportunities. Going to a club like this and thinking it’s all sunshine and shallow waters would be very naive. There will be waves, and you might get a little seasick. The decision was made in February. Last week, there was only the theoretical possibility of a 180-degree turnaround because of the club’s initiative. The reasons we had to part ways are minimal. That’s just how it is, and it’s a good thing. Since February, it has been clear to all of us that the chapter was closed. Then we had a very, very eventful last week. It’s important to focus on tomorrow and then take a step back. This (the negotiations) happened between Thursday, after the match against Real Madrid, and yesterday. The agreement from February stands. There were discussions, but we did not reach an agreement. So that’s how it stays.” And there you have it.

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