Fresh off knocking Bayern Munich out of first place in the Bundesliga for the first time in the calendar year Julian Nagelsmann, Hoffenheim’s 30 year-old coaching prodigy, has told Eurosport that Bayern Munich "already play a somewhat larger role in my dreams," and that "FC Bayern would perhaps make me a bit happier."
Nagelsmann continued, "My wife and child will shortly move to Munich where we have family ties and are having a house built. It's our home."
Speculation here we come.
Julian Nagelsmann: "#FCBayern is a big dream of mine. I'm very happy in my life, but Bayern would make me a happier person." [Eurosport] pic.twitter.com/k8rK827TKJ— Home Bayern (@HomeBayern___) September 12, 2017
Without a doubt Nagelsmann is the most coveted young coach in Germany, and quite possibly the entire world.
Nagelsmann had to move to the sidelines early on as a career ending knee injury while playing for Augsburg’s second team at the age of twenty required that he hang up his playing boots for good. It was none other than future Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, who was coaching that Augsburg side at the time, that pushed him into coaching where he started as an assistant at the TSV 1860 U-17 team. Nagelsmann then moved to Hoffenheim and has sparkled there including winning the Bundesliga U-19 in 2013-14 and reaching the finals again a year later.
It wasn’t long after that Nagelsmann had garnered the attention of Bayern Munich, meeting with Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and former sporting director Matthias Sammer at Säbener Strasse in attempts to woo him for the U-23 coaching job. As reported by ESPN, Nagelsmann revealed Uli Hoeness wanted him to take over the club's youth team back in 2015. "It's pleasing when a man like Uli Hoeness, who made Bayern great, rates you a bit," said Nagelsmann. “I considered the move and said that I would love to move to Bayern."
However it didn’t work out at the time and Bayern would be forced to wait while Nagelsmann has shone at Hoffenheim.
German journalist Raphael Honigstein in a Guardian article penned Nagelsmann’s rise quite well including mentioning that there were some skeptics on his promotion to coach the first team.
“Hoffenheim’s carefully laid plans for his career progression were scuppered by a horrible drop down the table [in 2016] and experienced coach Huub Stevens having to resign with a heart complaint after the winter-break. Nagelsmann’s promotion was fast-tracked to the first-team job in February, to a combination of universal disbelief and doubt. He was 28 years old at the time, 17th place in the table, five points adrift of the relegation play-off spot – were well on their way to a first descent from the top flight. Local paper Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung dismissed the appointment of the Bundesliga’s youngest full-time manager as a “public relations stunt”. “A crackpot idea” was Frankfurter Rundschau’s verdict.
The idea has turned out a pretty good one though. After saving Hoffenheim from the drop in May, Nagelsmann has continued to find success.”
That success included a surprise 4th place finish in the Bundesliga last season earning them a birth in the Champions League. Hoffenheim then received a tough draw and were bounced out before the group stages by Liverpool but as a result they will be a tough out in the Europa League.
What do you think about Nagelsmann’s comments? Would he be a good fit for Bayern in the short, medium, or long term? The speculation had already started with Hoffenheim beating Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Nagelsmann showing Ancelotti who’s replacing him next summer.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) September 9, 2017
Now it will be at a fever pitch.