What Thomas Tuchel Said After It Was Confirmed He Will Leave Bayern Munich After This Season

What Thomas Tuchel Said After It Was Confirmed He Will Leave Bayern Munich After This Season

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
February 21, 2024 at 11:16 AM
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  • Thomas Tuchel will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season
  • A string of poor results have triggered Tuchel's imminent departure
  • He succeeded Julian Nagelsmann as head coach in March 2023

Thomas Tuchel has broken his silence following confirmation of his impending departure from Bayern Munich at the conclusion of the current season.

Tuchel took over from Julian Nagelsmann at the German champions in March 2023, initially signing a deal until June 2025.

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Thomas Tuchel issuing out instructions on the touchline during Bayern Munich's Champions League tie with Lazio. Photo by Francesco Scaccianoce - UEFA.
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However, a string of poor results has led to the 50-year-old's tenure coming to an earlier end than anticipated.

The former PSG and Chelsea boss will depart a year ahead of schedule as part of what Bayern terms "a sporting realignment."

Despite guiding the Bavarians to the Bundesliga title last season two months after his appointment, they currently find themselves eight points adrift of league leaders Bayer Leverkusen following consecutive league defeats.

Their recent 3-2 loss to Bochum marked their third consecutive defeat across all competitions.

Notably, one of these defeats was a resounding 3-0 loss to Leverkusen, while also suffering a 1-0 defeat to Lazio in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Why Bayern will part ways with Tuchel?

Addressing the decision to part company with Tuchel, Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen stated via the club's official website:

"In a good, open discussion, we came to the decision to end our working relationship by mutual agreement in the summer. Our goal is to pursue a new footballing direction with a new head coach for the 2024/25 season.

Although Tuchel's departure is set in stone, the club is determined to conclude the current campaign on a positive note, aiming for success in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League.

"Until then, every individual at the club is expressly called upon to achieve the maximum possible in the Champions League and Bundesliga.
"I also explicitly hold the team accountable in this regard.
"In the Champions League in particular, after losing 1-0 in the first leg at Lazio, we are convinced we will reach the quarterfinals at a packed Allianz Arena with our fans behind us."

What Tuchel said?

“We have agreed that we will end our collaboration after the end of this season,” the 50-year-old trainer said as quoted by Fabrizio Romano on X.
“Until then, my coaching staff and I will of course, continue to do everything we can to ensure maximum success for FC Bayern”.

Zidane to replace Tuchel at Bayern

Fresh reports suggest that Zinedine Zidane is emerging as a top contender to assume the role of Bayern Munich boss amidst Thomas Tuchel's ongoing challenges, as reported by Sports Brief.

Speculation indicates that the World Cup-winning midfielder could be a formidable candidate as he looks to return to management. Zidane has been without a position since departing from Real Madrid in 2021.

Previous reports hinted at Zidane's interest in Didier Deschamps' role as France's head coach, but with that opportunity not materialising, he may opt to return to club football.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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