In a recent conversation with Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg, Joshua Kimmich said that he’s not exactly a fan of how many different managers Bayern Munich has had in a relatively short period of time. It’s his hope that Julian Nagelsmann will be the long term manager of the club, joining from RB Leipzig and officially taking charge of the club on July 1st, when Bayern’s Die Mannshcaft contingent likely won’t yet be back from the European Championships.
Specifically, Kimmich highlighted the last six years at FC Bayern, which is how long he’s been in the first team:
❗️Interesting what #Kimmich had to say in our talk: "I've had a lot of coaches in the past 6 years. But that shouldn't be the goal of #FCBayern. I hope that with the signing of the new coach, it is now a bit more long-term and I can take further steps in my development.” @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) June 5, 2021
At this point, Kimmich has played for Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, Jupp Heynckes, Niko Kovac, and Hansi Flick. Nagelsmann will be the sixth different manager he will have played for at Bayern. Technically, there was also a very short window where Willy Sangol was temporary caretaker after Ancelotti was sacked, but that only lasted for just over a week’s time. Of course, six managers in as many years is quite a lot, but other players in Bayern’s squad like Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, and the outgoing David Alaba, Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng have played for a bevvy of different managers during their long tenures at Bayern, albeit over a much longer period of time.
It was Guardiola that gave Kimmich his first chance in the first team in the summer of 2015 in a first round DFB-Pokal matchup and his Bundesliga debut a little over a month later against FC Augsburg. His first Champions League appearance also came shortly thereafter. Since that season, Kimmich has firmly established himself as one of the true leaders for both Bayern and the German National team, though he did fall slightly out of favor with Ancelotti during his tenure as manager before he was sacked.
For Kimmich and Bayern’s sake, Nagelsmann staying for a long period of time could be vital, assuming that he’s able to produce. That’s not to say that Bayern would have a problem firing him if it goes much worse than planned. For a record transfer fee for a manager of around €15 million plus bonuses, the expectations are certainly high, but that’s always the case at FC Bayern.