Bayern appoint Nagelsmann as new manager


Bayern Munich have appointed Julian Nagelsmann as their next manager, having reached a compensation agreement with RB Leipzig.

Nagelsmann, 33, has signed a deal with the Bundesliga champions through to 2026. Bayern Munich have paid compensation to Leipzig, which sources have told ESPN is a record fee for a manager, eclipsing the €15 million Chelsea paid Porto for Andre Villas-Boas in 2011.

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Nagelsmann is set to replace Hansi Flick, who asked Bayern to release him from his contract earlier in the month following a rift with sporting executive Hasan Salihamidzic over the Bundesliga champions’ transfer strategy and philosophy.

Flick was appointed as Bayern manager in November 2019 following the dismissal of Niko Kovac and led the club a Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal Treble. He also became the second manager to win six trophies in a single calendar year, when he added the German Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. He could now take over the Germany job with national team coach Joachim Low leaving his post following the European Championship this summer.

On Friday, sources close to Nagelsmann told ESPN that the coach was also open to offers from the Premier League where Tottenham are looking for a replacement for Jose Mourinho. However, with Bayern’s offer on the table, Nagelsmann has agreed to take over his third Bundesliga club.

Nagelsmann joined Leipzig from TSG Hoffenheim in 2019 and led them to the Champions League semifinal in his first year in charge.

Leipzig host Werder Bremen in the DFB-Pokal semifinal on Friday as Nagelsmann looks to guide the club to their first-ever major trophy. The winner is likely to meet Borussia Dortmund, who face second-tier outfit Holstein Kiel, in the final.

American coach Jesse Marsch is one of favourites to replace Nagelsmann at Leipzig as he manages another Red Bull franchise in FC Salzburg.

Meanwhile, Leipzig confirmed on Monday that the contract with sporting director Markus Krosche has been terminated a year before it was set to expire.

The 40-year-old had been at the club for two years and was rumoured to be leaving Leipzig for a couple of months. He has been linked with Eintracht Frankfurt, who are looking for a new sporting executive after Fredi Bobic’s decision to reunite with his capital-based family and join Hertha Berlin.

With Nagelsmann’s departure from Leipzig to Bayern, five of the Bundesliga top seven clubs — Bayern, Leipzig, Wolfsburg, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach — will have a new man in the dugout for the 2021-22 season.

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