Flick is out Nagelsmann in the replacement Bayern Munich has a history of having their house in order quickly
And 2021 appears to be no exception. Following up on their decision to sign RB Leipzig center-back Dayot Upamecano
The Bundesliga leaders have agreed to appoint Julian Nagelsmann as their next head coach.
On July 1, the Leipzig manager, a Bavarian boyhood Bayern fan who is still trying to prevent his new club from winning the title this season, will take over from Hansi Flick.
Bayern Munich’s five-year deal and an estimated fee of €20 million the highest ever paid for a coach represents a massive investment on their part and demonstrates their high regard for Nagelsmann.
The 33-year-old isn’t precisely steering a sinking ship, either: under Flick, Bayern has won six trophies in less than two years and looks poised to repeat as German champions.
However, the Bundesliga’s youngest ever coach will have a few critical tasks to complete upon his appointment.
Which could make or break his first term in charge…
Get to work on the board.
During his remarkably successful tenure as manager, Flick had few significant issues
But his relationship with the club’s leadership has been a recent source of contention.
Given that they had agreed to keep the information a secret. His decision to publicly announce his exit at the season’s end this month enraged those in charge.
One of Flick’s most potent allies, Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Also went so far as to release a statement condemning the coach. Flick is out Nagelsmann in the replacement Flick has had a tumultuous relationship with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. With differences over transfer goals and a general distrust fueling the tension. Salihamidzic comes under fire, with many fans dissatisfied that the coach was the one to quit. Salihamidzic will be almost as eager to see Nagelsmann prosper as the new manager himself. Having landed Bayern’s top goal for a not-insignificant fee. A stronger working relationship between the coach and his or her supervisors would be an excellent place to start.
Make the defense better.
Flick has spent most of this season attempting to shore up a Bayern defense that has already allowed 40 Bundesliga goals this season eight more than in the entire 2019-20 season. In a DFB-Pokal defeat to second-tier Holstein Kiel and a more brutal Champions League quarter-final exit to Paris Saint-Germain. The team’s defensive flaws reveal. Bayern’s defense could take on a new look next season. Upamecano is on his way from Leipzig, but Real Madrid is supposed to sign David Alaba. After a decade in Munich, Jerome Boateng is leaving. The future of Niklas Sule is still up in the air. With Bayern reportedly looking for a new right-back, there may be a new-look backline in front of Manuel Neuer next season – one that Nagelsmann would need to fine-tune quickly in pre-season.
Lewandowski deserves your help.
As the Nagelsmann saga continued, Sky Sport announced that “several” European clubs had inquired about signing Robert Lewandowski. With 43 goals in all competitions in 2020-21, Lewandowski needs four more goals in the final three games to match Gerd Muller’s record of 40 in a single Bundesliga season.
Should he try to equal or even beat that record? After finally winning the Champions League last season, the Poland international could be tempted to move on – and has previously stated that Bayern is not his final destination.
It would be difficult to find a replacement, particularly given the current state of the coronavirus, so Nagelsmann would be wise to ensure Lewandowski believes Bayern’s goals align with his own going forward.
Ignore the commotion.
Learning to deal with critics is an essential part of a coach’s job at Bayern Munich, maybe more than at any other club in Germany.
Other notable figures in the media. As well as famous ex-players in positions of influence at the Allianz Arena. Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus is one of them – whether good or not, Bayern coaches will still have an opinion or two.
Former teammate Stefan Effenberg chastised Matthaus this month for promoting the talk of Nagelsmann replacing Flick, claiming that such remarks actually put more pressure on coaches, which is no longer acceptable.
Flick had done an excellent job of dealing with the constant Bayern background noise, and Nagelsmann would have to do the same: his success as the world’s most expensive coach – at such a young age – will be scrutinized closely.
The children must be slaughtered.
Nagelsmann was lauded by Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff for developing individuals
And enhancing the team during his tenure at the club.
The development of players like Upamecano, Ibrahima Konate, Dominik Szoboszlai.
Captain Marcel Sabitzer exemplifies Nagelsmann’s methods’ positive effect on young talent.
He’ll be under pressure to repeat his success at Bayern. At the age of 20, Alphonso Davies has established himself as an elite left-back. In contrast, Jamal Musiala has found himself in the senior squad at 18, and young center-back Tanguy Nianzou has high expectations. Flick is out Nagelsmann in the replacement
Nagelsmann will be under pressure to keep Bayern’s production line running at full pace, given the club’s history of producing global stars.