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Thomas Tuchel

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According to consistent media reports, FC Bayern Munich and coach Thomas Tuchel will no longer work together from the end of the season. FC Bayern confirmed this on Wednesday. “Bild” and Sky had previously reported. This was preceded by three defeats in a row for Bayern. Nothing was initially known about a possible successor from summer onwards.

»In an open, good conversation we came to the decision to mutually end our collaboration in the summer. Our goal is to carry out a sporting realignment with a new coach for the 2024/25 season. Until then, every individual in the club is expressly challenged to achieve the maximum possible in the Champions League and the Bundesliga," said CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen.

According to a club statement, Tuchel himself said: “We have agreed that we will end our collaboration after this season. Until then, I and my coaching team will of course continue to do everything we can to ensure maximum success.”

Tuchel succeeded Julian Nagelsmann in March 2023 and signed a contract until June 30, 2025. In the 2022/2023 season, the Munich team under Tuchel were eliminated in the DFB Cup against SC Freiburg and in the Champions League against eventual winners Manchester City, but in the end they celebrated the German championship in an exciting finish ahead of Borussia Dortmund.

The current season threatens to be the first without a title since 2011/2012. In the cup, the Munich team was eliminated by third division team 1. FC Saarbrücken. In the round of 16 of the Champions League, FC Bayern must make up for a 0-1 defeat from the first leg of the round of 16 at Lazio Rome in order to reach the quarter-finals on March 5th. In the fight for the championship, Bayer Leverkusen has evaded Munich; in the direct duel, coach Xabi Alonso's Werkself achieved a clear 3-0 victory in mid-February. Alonso played for FC Bayern from 2014 to 2017 and is an interesting coaching candidate for several top clubs.

Bosses don't want separation during the season

The 50-year-old Tuchel has suffered many injuries in his star ensemble this season. On the other hand, the still top-class team disappointed too often. The tactical and personnel changes in the past games were unsuccessful. There was a lot of professional praise for Tuchel, but there were also disagreements with one or two stars. Tuchel repeatedly pointed out the discrepancy between performances in games and in training.

Tuchel continues to try to bring the season to a successful end after repeated setbacks. The Bayern bosses absolutely want to avoid a separation in the middle of the season like with Nagelsmann. CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen has ruled out an early separation after the 2:3 against Bochum.