The squad of FC Bayern Munich has “split off” with seven players in the camp because of Julian Nagelsmann’s sacking.
REVEALED: Bayern Munich’s “SPLIT” via Julian Nagelsmann, with seven stars including Manuel Neuer and Serge Gnabry in the “out” camp, against Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka supporting him
- Bayern Munich have fired Julian Nagelsmann and replaced him with Thomas Tuchel
- The decision to sack the 35-year-old has “split” FC Bayern Munich’s dressing room.
- Seven players are said to be in the out camp while key figures were fans of his
All is not well at Bayern Munich, with the squad reportedly split over the club’s decision to sack Julian Nagelsmann.
The 35-year-old was ruthlessly sacked on Friday despite being just a point behind top of the Bundesliga table and winning all eight Champions League games this season.
Thomas Tuchel was then unveiled as Bayern’s new manager a day later, after reports claim the club had already agreed a deal with the ex-Chelsea manager before Nagelsmann was officially given the boot.
But reports suggest the decision could do more harm than good, with claims from German publication BILD that “pro- and anti-Nagelsmann factions” have formed in the dressing room.
It is said that there were seven players who wanted Nagelsmann from Bayern Munich, although a number of key figures backed the German.
The Bayern Munich squad is reportedly split over the decision to sack Julian Nagelsmann
Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich (centre) are considered Nagelsmann’s biggest fans
However, Manuel Neuer and Serge Gnabry were among the players in the out camp
Manuel Neuer and Sven Ulreich were reportedly lined up against Nagelsmann over the sacking of goalkeeping coach Tony Tapalovic after almost 12 years at the club.
Last month, Neuer said his “heart was torn apart” after hearing the news about Tapalovic – who was his former Schalke team-mate and also the best man at his wedding.
Also against Nagelsmann were Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala, Joao Cancelo and summer newcomer Sadio Mane.
Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka were reportedly Nagelsmann’s biggest supporters in the dressing room, with the likes of Matthijs De Ligt, Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard also being fans.
The only player in the middle of the split is Thomas Müller, who told BILD that Nagelsmann was “neutral”.
Nagelsmann was on a skiing holiday in Austria’s Zillertal with his 30-year-old girlfriend Lena Wurzenberger and enjoying the international break when he found out he was about to be kicked out.
Nagelsmann interrupted his holiday in Austria to return to Bavaria, where he was then released
The decision to sack him comes despite winning eight out of eight Champions League games this season and sitting just a point behind the top of the Bundesliga table
According to BILD, Jamal Muisiala and Sadio Mane were also in the out camp
Thomas Muller was the only player who was neutral about whether Nagelsmann stayed or went
After an interruption in his skiing holiday, he raced back to Bavaria, where he then learned his fate.
With Bayern still in contention for the title and Champions League after beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 on aggregate and reaching the quarter-finals this month, Nagelsmann’s exit came as a huge shock.
CEO Oliver Kahn later said: “When we signed Julian Nagelsmann for FC Bayern in the summer of 2021, we were convinced that we would work together with him in the long term – 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’ve come to the conclusion that quality in our squad – despite last year’s Bundesliga title – has been less and less important.
“After the World Cup we played less successfully and less attractively. The large fluctuations in performance have called into question our goals for this season, but also our goals for the future. That’s why we acted now.
Bayern Munich quickly appointed former Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel as manager
“Personally and on behalf of FC Bayern, I would like to thank Julian and his coaching team and wish everyone every success for the future.”
During his time as coach of the German team, the young coach clinched a Bundesliga title and two DFL Supercup trophies.
According to BILD, Bayern Munich could be forced to pay a package deal worth €70m (£62m) after dropping Nagelsmann. It is estimated that the head coach earns around €9m (£8m) every year.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-11906685/Bayern-Munich-squad-split-Julian-Nagelsmann-sacking-seven-players-camp.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The squad of FC Bayern Munich has “split off” with seven players in the camp because of Julian Nagelsmann’s sacking.