The hiring of Jupp Heynckes as the head coach until the end of the season has done nothing to squash the rumors about who will be the next coach of Bayern Munich starting next year. The most prominent German candidates linked to the future job are undoubtedly Thomas Tuchel, currently unemployed, and Julian Nagelsmann of Hoffenheim.
The Nagelsmann whispers had already started before the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti with the coach himself helping to fuel them by stating that Bayern Munich “already play a somewhat larger role in my dreams,” and that “FC Bayern would perhaps make me a bit happier.”
This time around the speculation has been more muted with Hoffenheim’s sporting director Alexander Rosen telling Bild that “Bayern did not make any contact [with Nagelsmann] and a move was never an issue.”
Nagelsmann himself backed that up by saying on Thursday:
There isn't and wasn't any approach or exchange with the club or any contact from my side. It's all a little bizarre how it's all being reported because there's been no offer, no approach and 0.0 percent contact from me to anybody. I'm focused on the job here and repeating the success we had last season. That's what spurs me on. I have nothing else in my head.
The club’s social media even got in in the act with another quote from Nagelsmann:
Nagelsmann is under contract at Hoffenheim until 2021, but sporting director Rosen did leave the door slightly ajar for his coach to eventually leave. “That the extraordinary person and coach Julian Nagelsmann is destined to train a big club one day, not only FC Bayern, is clear for all of those following his work for now nearly two years,” Rosen said.
Will that big club be Bayern Munich as early as next season?