Drama in Germany as Bayern Munich hire Thomas Tuchel as new manager after sacking Julian Nagelsmann

Julian Nagelsmann

Former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been named new Bayern Munich manger after the club axed Julian Nagelsmann.

Tuchel, 49, has agreed a contract until June 2025 and will take training for the first time on Monday.

CEO Oliver Kahn dispensed with Nagelsmann after the club slipped to second in the Bundesliga, behind Borussia Dortmund, following Sunday’s defeat by Bayer Leverkusen.

Kahn told the club website: “When we signed Julian Nagelsmann for FC Bayern 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.”

Tuchel won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021 but was sacked last September following a 1-0 defeat away to Dinamo Zagreb. Bayern are set to face Man City in the Champions League quarter-finals next month after qualifying for the last eight with eight wins from eight under Nagelsmann.

The 35-year-old took over at Bayern in the summer of 2021 after Hansi Flick departed to become Germany manager, and led the club to a record tenth Bundesliga title in a row last season.

However, a shock defeat to Villarreal in the Champions League quarter-final last year saw pressure come on the former RB Leipzig boss and patchy Bundesliga form as see Bayern turn to Tuchel.