Bayern Munich announce Julian Nagelsmann as new manager; to replace treble-winning Hansi Flick

Bayern Munich announce Julian Nagelsmann as new manager; to replace treble-winning Hansi Flick
Bayern Munich announce Julian Nagelsmann as new manager; to replace treble-winning Hansi Flick

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

Nagelsmann, 33, is considered one of the best young managers in the game and has has signed a deal with the Bundesliga champions through to 2026. Bayern 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.

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

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“FC Bayern have appointed Julian Nagelsmann as their new head coach,” a Bayern statement read. “The Bavarian-born 33-year-old will move to Munich from RB Leipzig on July 1, 2021 ahead of the new season, signing a five-year-contract with the German record champions until June 30, 2026.”

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.

Bayern Munich announce Julian Nagelsmann as new manager; to replace treble-winning Hansi Flick

Upon leaving Leipzig, Nagelsmann wrote in a statement: “I will leave RB Leipzig with a heavy heart. I’ve been able to coach a special team here at a club with huge opportunities and the best possible conditions to work in.

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.