Bayern Munich has announced the dismissal of coach Julian Nagelsmann and the arrival of his successor, Thomas Tuchel.
Nagelsmann has been relieved of his duties, with the club just one point out of top spot in the Bundesliga and days before a Champions League quarter-final showdown with Manchester City.
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The move also comes ahead of Bayern’s season-defining clash with league leaders Borussia Dortmund on April 1.
ESPN reported on Thursday that Bayern had sacked the former RB Leipzig manager and were set to bring in former Chelsea boss Tuchel as a replacement. The club confirmed the news on Friday.
“FC Bayern Munchen has sacked head coach Julian Nagelsmann”, Bayern said in a statement.
“This decision was made by CEO Oliver Kahn and sports board member Hasan Salihamidzic in consultation with club president Herbert Hainer. Thomas Tuchel will succeed Nagelsmann. Tuchel will receive a contract until June 30, 2025 and will oversee Team training for the first time on Mondays.
“Along with Nagelsmann, assistant coaches Dino Toppmoller, Benjamin Gluck and Xaver Zembrod have also been released.”
Bayern signed Nagelsmann in April 2021 and led them to their 10th consecutive Bundesliga title last season. The club finished the season eight points ahead of second place Dortmund.
However, the German coach has failed to maintain the club’s usual standards of dominance in domestic football. Bayern are just four points clear of third-place Union Berlin.
Bayern were beaten 2-1 by Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday, allowing Dortmund to move into first place.
Nagelsmann has led the club to the Champions League quarterfinals this season, twice beating Paris Saint-Germain and also dispatching LaLiga leaders Barcelona.
The Bundesliga champions face Premier League champions City in the quarterfinals on April 11.