“The new generation”
Bayern Munich have announced the appointment of Julian Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig on a 5-year contract which commences at the end of the current season.
Nagelsmann rose to prominence in the Bundesliga as its youngest ever coach at Hoffenheim before leading RB Leipzig to a Champions League semi-final last season.
He has turned the side into a title challenger and Bayern believe that he can consolidate the club’s dominance in Europe and Germany for years to come.
“Julian Nagelsmann stands for a new generation of trainers. Despite his young age, he has had an impressive career. We are convinced that with Julian Nagelsmann we will build on the great successes of the past few years, ” said club President Herbert Hainer.
MUNICH, GERMANY – OCTOBER 15: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) head coach Hansi Flick of Bayern Muenchen gestures during the DFB Cup first round match between 1. FC Dueren and FC Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena on October 15, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
Former Bayern keeper and now board member Oliver Kahn said that the length of the deal was a display of the connection Nagelsmann shared with the club.
“Julian’s five-year contract alone shows how much he identifies with FC Bayern. I am convinced that we will shape the sporting future of FC Bayern very successfully together with Julian Nagelsmann,” said the ex-stopper.
Nagelsmann replaces Hansi Flick who will join the German national team when Joachim Low steps down after the European Championships.
Spurs miss out, Ten Hag next
Bayern Munich were not the only club looking at getting a new coach, and specifically the Leipzig man Nagelsmann, as Tottenham Hotspur were looking towards the young manager to be the replacement of Jose Mourinho.
Daniel Levy and the club will now need to look in a different direction and reports suggest they could have found their new target already with Ajax manager Erik ten Hag the man in the spotlight.
LILLE, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 18: Trainer coach Erik ten Hag of Ajax during the UEFA Europa League match between Lille OSC and Ajax at Stade Pierre Mauroy on February 18, 2021 in Lille, France (Photo by Gerrit van Keulen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)
Ten Hag has spoken numerous times about his future this season and remains resolute in his focus on building a side that can compete in Europe.
“I am concerned with Ajax and not with other developments. I still have a contract for one year and am really enjoying myself here. We are building a team that is ready to compete with the big teams in Europe,” he said.
Ten Hag took Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019 where they were eliminated by Tottenham in the final moments.
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 08: Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
With just one year left on his deal, Spurs would not need to pay a significant compensation fee, especially considering the financial hit taken by relieving Mourinho of his services.