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Liverpool’s curiosity, Bayern sacking and why Chelsea & Tottenham handed on him


Julian Nagelsmann’s managerial profession so far has been fascinating. His most fun chapters could but nonetheless be written in years to return.

On the age of simply 36, he ranks among the many world’s prime coaches. He has already ticked off a number of achievements of be aware regardless of his youth – main minnows Hoffenheim into the Champions League for the primary time, taking RB Leipzig to the semi-finals of that very same competitors, profitable three trophies with Bayern Munich after which taking cost of Germany.

Nagelsmann’s contract answerable for the German nationwide group expires on the finish of Euro 2024 this summer time and he’s eager to return to membership soccer, with sources telling 90min he’s open to receiving fast and agency affords, in any other case he’ll wait till after the European Championships to determine his subsequent transfer. Liverpool are however one facet monitoring his state of affairs.

However since leaving Bayern in March 2023, Nagelsmann’s route again into the membership sport has confirmed tough. Information of his sacking by Bayern got here as a shock to followers, media and gamers alike. The Bavarian giants have been going robust of their pursuit of a treble and the membership’s choice to half methods got here out of the blue to the broader world.

Julian Nagelsmann

Nagelsmann’s popularity soared at Leipzig / Soccrates Photographs/GettyImages

Behind the scenes, 90min understands Bayern had issues over his maturity. His teaching pedigree was all the time revered however some at Bayern felt his swagger bordered on conceitedness at occasions, and this was a think about his departure. Bayern’s hierarchy believed Nagelsmann did not wish to change his methods regardless of an inconsistent 2023, and key additionally gamers turned annoyed by that.

These near Nagelsmann strongly and firmly deny any query marks over his character, however Bayern should not the one membership to query this and his strategies.

Chelsea spoke to him as a part of their seek for a everlasting successor to Graham Potter when he was sacked a few weeks after Nagelsmann left Bayern. Nonetheless, whereas the Blues most well-liked to undergo a radical interview course of, sources near the membership declare Nagelsmann needed his interview to be extra of a procession they usually finally determined he wasn’t the fitting persona or strategic match.

On Nagelsmann’s half, his camp settle for he was annoyed by what they felt was Chelsea’s drawn-out course of, including he was the one to stroll away from talks with Mauricio Pochettino ultimately supplied the job.

Tottenham Hotspur additionally briefly thought of Nagelsmann as a substitute for Antonio Conte, however nothing superior and no assembly was taken following due diligence. Spurs as an alternative turned to Arne Slot of Feyenoord earlier than lastly selecting Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou.

Julian Nagelsmann

Nagelsmann was sacked by Bayern final yr / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

If Nagelsmann is to get a Liverpool job interview – and 90min understands he is likely one of the names mentioned internally after scoring excessive on a data-led shortlisting – he would want to show he’s a match past solely the teaching facet.

Liverpool started planning for Jurgen Klopp’s successor again in November when he privately knowledgeable the membership of his choice to face down on the finish of the season. Ruben Amorim and Roberto De Zerbi are two different names who made fairly a ‘lengthy’ shortlist, with the previous scoring significantly properly.

Nagelsmann’s profile has lots to love but when talks are to advance, Liverpool would should be certain he’s a cultural match. Because it stands, others are forward of him within the race to switch Klopp, who Liverpool are calm about changing and have a number of names in thoughts. They have been by no means reliant solely on Xabi Alonso, who confirmed he is staying at Leverkusen final week.

In current weeks, Nagelsmann has additionally been sensationally linked with a return to Bayern to switch his preliminary successor, Thomas Tuchel. 90min understands whereas the membership are publicly remaining coy on concrete names to switch Tuchel, it might be very tough for Bayern to deliver Nagelsmann again. They must settle for they have been rash to dismiss him within the first place.

Together with Tuchel and Hansi Flick, Nagelsmann has been touted as one among three German coaches who might take the Barcelona job, however he’s thought of an outsider.

Nagelsmann might additionally find yourself staying on as Germany boss if Euro 2024 goes properly. It is maybe extra possible a membership possibility presents itself, and that is his desire, however success this summer time might but change his thoughts. The German FA are actually open to discussing one thing longer-term.