Julian Nagelsmann's decision to go on a skiing holiday was 'final straw' for Bayern Munich
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Julian Nagelsmann was skiing in Austria when he was told of his sacking by Bayern Munich, and it was trip that didn't go down well with the Bundesliga side, according to reports.
On Thursday night, reports in Germany emerged suggesting Nagelsmann has been relieved of his duties at the Allianz Arena.
It all came as a surprise to many, including on-loan Bayern full-back Joao Cancelo, who was told of the news in a post-match interview after Portugal's 4-0 win over Liechtenstein.
Ahead of this week's international break, Bayern fell to second in the league when they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, while Borussia Dortmund climbed to first with a win over Koln.
But despite leading Die Roten to a Champions League quarter-final following a comfortable two-leg win over Paris Saint-Germain, the highly-rated manager is set to be replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
In fact, Tuchel, who has been out of work since September – when he was sacked by Premier League side Chelsea – has already convinced the Bayern hierarchy with his plans for the club.
Nagelsmann, meanwhile, has failed to impress those behind the scenes, even after leading the club to a 100 per cent record in the Champions League this season with wins against Barcelona, PSG and Inter Milan.
Sky Sports report that he lost his job because 'the team has gone backwards in the league' and the Bayern hierarchy have not seen enough player development.
In addition to the above, the 35-year-old's decision to go on a skiing holiday in the aftermath of their defeat to Leverkusen, instead of staying at the club to work things out, send the 'wrong signals', says Sky's Florian Plettenberg.
He could have stayed to work out Bayern's problems on the pitch but decided to take a holiday to the Austrian slopes.
❗️News #Nagelsmann: Reasons— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) March 24, 2023
- negative sporting development in Bundesliga
- lack of player development (talents & top transfers)
Players & bosses were also surprised by the fact that he is on ⛷️ holiday while his team has to work. Internally opinion: Wrong signal! @SkySportDE 🇩🇪 pic.twitter.com/OzQkeINMws
As well as the skiing holiday, Bayern's defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday was said to be another pivotal moment.
After the full-time whistle, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic delivered some ruthless comments in regards to the loss.
"That wasn't what Bayern Munich means. We missed everything. We let ourselves be overrun by a team that was still playing on Thursday. Bayer was better in every respect," he said.
"I've rarely experienced so little drive, so little mentality, so little duel, so little assertiveness. This team is so good when they have a mentality from the start and go 100 per cent.
"But [they can be] just as bad when they don't do it and think that they can do everything with [their] quality. We were inferior in all areas. Confidence or not, we have to bring [our] mentality and greed to the pitch. This is a championship [race]."
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