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Bayern turn to Thomas for a magic Tuch after axing Nagelsmann
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Gavin Glicksman
Champions League-winning coach Thomas Tuchel is Bayern Munich's new manager
Champions League-winning coach Thomas Tuchel is Bayern Munich's new manager

Bayern Munich have appointed former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel after sacking Julian Nagelsmann.

The departure of Nagelsmann, 35, came out of the blue with Bayern through to the Champions League quarter-finals and just a point behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.

They have turned to Tuchel ahead of the crucial April 1 showdown with Dortmund, which could give the champions the momentum they need to retain their crown. 

CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic thanked Nagelsmann and wished him well in statements released on Friday afternoon.

Club legend Kahn, 53, said: "When we signed Julian in the summer of 2021, we were convinced we would work with him on a long-term basis — and that was the goal of all of us right up to the end.

"Julian shares our aspiration to play successful and attractive football. 

"But now we have come to the conclusion that the quality in our squad — despite the Bundesliga title last year — has come to the fore less and less often.

"After the World Cup, we have played less successfully and less attractively. The big fluctuations in performance have cast doubt on our goals for this season, but also our goals for the future.

"That is why we have acted now. Personally and on behalf of Bayern, I would like to thank Julian and his coaching team and wish everyone the best of luck for the future."

Julian Nagelsmann has been sacked as Bayern Munich manager
Julian Nagelsmann has been sacked as Bayern Munich manager

Salihamidzic added: "This has been the most difficult decision in my time as board member for sport at Bayern Munich.

"I have had an open, trusting, friendly relationship with Julian from day one. I regret the parting of the ways with Julian.

"But after a thorough analysis of the sporting development of our team, especially since January and with the experience of the second half of the previous season, we have now decided to release him.

"I am very grateful to Julian for what he has done for Bayern and I wish him all the best."

German tactician Tuchel, 49, has been handed a contract with the Bavarian outfit until June 2025 and will supervise first-team training on Monday.

The former Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager has been out of work since being axed by Chelsea and replaced by Graham Potter last September.

He led the Blues to glory in the Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup after succeeding club legend Frank Lampard but fell out with the new Stamford Bridge hierarchy. 


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