Bayern Munich: Assessing The 6 Coaches Who Managed Bundesliga Giants Since Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich: Assessing The 6 Coaches Who Managed Bundesliga Giants Since Pep Guardiola

Byron Pillay
updated at February 22, 2024 at 7:46 AM
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  • Bayern Munich have opted to part ways with Thomas Tuchel once the current season ends
  • The German giants have had six different coaches since Pep Guardiola left the champions
  • Munich have won the league title for 11 consecutive seasons despite the different coaches

Bayern Munich have dominated the Bundesliga for years.

The reigning Bundesliga champions have won the league for the past 11 seasons, setting a new record.

And while that is impressive, there are cracks beneath the surface.

Bayern Munich have had six coaches since 2016, despite winning the league every season.
Bayern Munich have had six different coaches, including Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel, since 2016. Image: Alexander Hassenstein/ Marco Steinbrenner.
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The German giants have had six different managers since 2016, with Pep Guardiola being the last coach to last two full seasons at the club.

With Thomas Tuchel set to depart the side at the end of the season, Sports Brief looks at the past six Munich managers and how they fared.

Bayern Munich’s last six managers

Carlo Ancelotti

Don Carlo started his tenure as Bayern boss on July 1, 2016. Brought in to replace Guardiola, he had big shoes to fill and won the league in his first season.

He also picked up two German Super Cup wins at the side. He was sacked in October 2017 after a 3-0 loss against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League, per the Bundesliga website.

Ancelotti served as coach for 60 games, winning 43, drawing eight, and only losing nine.

Jupp Heynckes

The German manager has coached many sides across Europe but seemed to take a particular liking to the Bavarian side.

Considered one of the greatest managers of all time. Heynckes managed the side on four separate occasions, winning the Bundesliga four times and the Champions League once.

His last stint came in 2017 when he was brought in to replace Ancelotti.

Heynckes only lasted until the end of the season, as he only came out of retirement to do the club a favour. During his 41 games, he only suffered five losses.

Niko Kovac

Brought in on July 1, 2018, Kovac lasted just over a year at the German giants. With his appointment, he became only the fourth person to play for and manage the Bundesliga giants.

Kovac won a trophy in his first game with the side as Bayern won the German SuperCup, but that wasn’t the only trophy he earned at the side. During his tenure, Bayern did the double, winning the league and DFB-Pokal.

He was sacked in November 2019 after a 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, The Guardian reported.

Kovac coached the side in 65 games, winning 45, drawing 12 and losing just eight.

Hansi Flick

Having served under Kovac as assistant manager, Flick was made interim manager of the side in November 2019. A month later, he was given the job until the end of the season. Four months later, Bayern signed him to a contract lasting until 2023.

Inspired by the confidence in him, Flick led the club to its first-ever sextuple. They won the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, German Super Cup, and Club World Cup.

With two years remaining on his contract, Flick asked to leave the Bundesliga club to take up the post of the German national team, Sky Sports reported.

He oversaw 86 games at Bayern, winning 70, drawing eight and losing eight.

Julian Nagelsmann

After working wonders at RB Leipzig, Nagelsmann was brought in to manage Munich in July 2021. He led the team to the Bundesliga title in his first season and won the German Super Cup.

The manager then won the German Super Cup the following year but was sacked before the end of his second season.

He was sacked after a defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, due to a series of poor results. Marca also reported that many important players at the club weren’t fans of the coach.

Nagelsmann was fired after 84 games in charge in which he won 60, drew 14 and lost 10.

Thomas Tuchel

Hired in March 2023, Tuchel brought a lot of experience with him. Having coached the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, and Chelsea, there were high hopes for the tactician.

He was brought in as a mid-season appointment after Nagelsmann's sacking and managed to lead the club to the Bundesliga title, thanks to Dortmund failing to wrap it up on the final day of the season.

This season, Tuchel’s men are already eight points behind Leverkusen, have been knocked out of the DFB Pokal, and are trailing Lazio after the first leg of their Champions League tie.

The poor result forced Munich to make a decision, and they decided to let Tuchel go at the end of the season.

Tuchel breaks silence after Bayern Munich announcement

Sports Brief reported earlier how Tuchel spoke about being let go after it was announced he would be leaving Bayern Munich.

The former Chelsea boss took over the team from Nagelsmann in March 2023 and won the league title in his first season.

After a string of poor performances, however, Bayern opted to part ways with the 50-year-old once the season is finished.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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