Tuchel linked with swift return to management as pressure grows on 35-year-old coach

Date published: Monday 19th September 2022 10:41 - Jason Soutar

Thomas Tuchel looks tired during a press conference

Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has publicly backed Julian Nagelsmann amidst rumours linking Thomas Tuchel with the 35-year-old’s job.

Tuchel is out of work after being sacked by Chelsea.


Thomas Tuchel fell in love with Chelsea and that’s just silly


He guided the Blues to Champions League glory in 2021 but the club’s slow start to the new season meant he was relieved of his duties.

The Londoners’ new ownership reportedly did not see eye to eye with the German head coach, with Todd Boehly looking to bring in his own boss who agreed with his hands-on approach.

It is believed that Tuchel is open to getting back into work as soon as possible, and he could be keeping an eye out on the Bayern Munich job.

The Bavarians have started the season very poorly by their usual high standards.

Defeat at Augsburg over the weekend made it four league games without a win for Nagelsmann’s side.

Bayern have, however, picked up two decent victories in the Champions League, defeating Inter Milan and Barcelona 2-0.

The former RB Leipzig boss is under increasing pressure as he looks to get the German club’s Bundesliga title charge up and running.

Bayern’s former goalkeeper and current CEO, Kahn, has backed Nagelsmann; insisting the club are “totally convinced of Julian”.

Kahn told Sky Germany: “We are not dealing with any other coaches now. We are totally convinced of Julian.

“Of course we are all dissatisfied, in a bad mood.

“We have to get to the bottom of it all. And assume that as soon as it starts again against Leverkusen, we will and must attack fully.

“Perhaps one or the other has taken hold of the belief that you could do the Bundesliga on the side. But that’s not the case.”

Kahn added that the board will see “which levers we can move so that we can quickly get back on the road to success in the Bundesliga”.

It has been reported by BILD, however, that former Chelsea boss Tuchel is ‘much appreciated’ by the Bayern hierarchy.

The German giants apparently hold a ‘secret clause’ that will allow them to dismiss Nagelsmann after another poor result.

Ex-Borussia Dortmund coach Tuchel would be the ideal replacement for his compatriot.

Speaking after his side’s defeat against Augsburg, Nagelsmann accused his players of having a “laissez-faire” approach in the final third.

“When I look at the statistics, we should have won… We could have tried simple things to play into the space behind (Augsburg’s defence), but we played very laissez-faire in the final third,” Nagelsmann said.

“The trend doesn’t bode well. I’m thinking about myself, about the situation – about everything.”

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