Thomas Tuchel was appointed head coach of Bayern Munich on Friday as the club ruthlessly sacked Julian Nagelsmann.
Reports of Nagelsmann’s demise as Bayern boss first emerged on Thursday, and confirmation of the 35-year-old’s dismissal meant he lasted less than two full seasons at the helm.
The former RB Leipzig chief guided Bayern to the Bundesliga title last season and led them into the quarter-finals of the Champions League this term, with Manchester City awaiting them in that competition.
Bayern went into the international window second in the Bundesliga, a point behind bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund ahead of their meeting in Der Klassiker on April 1.
The club have opted to act now, during the international break, and Tuchel is the man they have chosen to take the high-pressure job.
“FC Bayern Munich have released head coach Julian Nagelsmann,” a statement read.
“This decision was taken by CEO Oliver Kahn and board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic in consultation with club president Herbert Hainer.
Oliver Kahn: “Personally and on behalf of FC Bayern, I would like to thank Julian and his coaching team, and wish everyone the best of luck for the future.”
Hasan Salihamidžić: “I am very grateful to Julian for what he has done for FC Bayern and I wish him all the best.” pic.twitter.com/j9Pq1yq2GL
— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN) March 24, 2023
“Nagelsmann is to be succeeded by Thomas Tuchel.
“Tuchel will receive a contract until June 30, 2025 and will supervise squad training for the first time on Monday.
“Along with Nagelsmann, assistant coaches Dino Toppmoller, Benjamin Gluck and Xaver Zembrod have also been released.”
A former Chelsea, Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain head coach, Tuchel had also been strongly linked with Tottenham in recent days. Spurs could part ways with Antonio Conte before the end of the season.
Bayern were long-term admirers of Tuchel, and he takes over at Allianz Arena with an opportunity to make a trophy-winning impact.
The first game in charge for Tuchel will be against his old club Dortmund, a potentially pivotal match in the title race.
Nagelsmann is unlikely to be out of work for long, having built a strong reputation during his time with Hoffenheim, Leipzig and Bayern.