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7 Bayern players blamed for Nagelsmann's exit

Report: Seven Bayern heavyweights directly named for mutiny to sack Nagelsmann

March 27, 2023 By Oscar Rojas
The German boss did not have the best relationship with some of his footballers, which may have been a main reason for his quick exit.

One of the most surprising stories during the international break had to do with Julian Nagelsmann's exit from Bayern München. The 35-year-old still was in contention to win all tournaments with Die Roten, but recent reports hint that the relationship with some of the top players in the team had a massive influence in his ultimate fate.

According to a report by Bild, the German tactician did not have the best relationship with some of his pupils, which eventually ended in his contract being terminated by Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic. 

Things started to go sideways for Nagelsmann after his decision to have goalkeepers' coach Toni Tapalovic fired. This decision caused quite a stir among the players, especially Manuel Neuer and Sven Ulreich, who trusted Tapalovic for their years of working together. This move was one of the many issues the players had with their former boss, but there were others withing the squad who also complained about Nagelsmann's methods.

Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sané, and Jamal Musiala were among some of the key members of the team that had frequent discussions with Nagelsmann, according to the newspaper. Gnabry and Sane's stance must come as no surprise, since Nagelsmann frequently subbed them off in key games and critics in Germany aimed their words at them for thei poor displays on the pitch.

But Nagelsmann's woes did not only have to do with veterans or homegrown players. Footballers such as Sadio Mané or Joao Cancelo, who joined the team this season, also had some disagreements with Nagelsmann, who did not hesitate to leave them on the bench whenever needed. Cancelo had already complained about his playing time days after joining Bayern on loan, where he also had some run-ins against former boss Pep Guardiola.

Even if the coach had some disagreements with these footballers, there were some who still believed in his tactics and tried to carry the team's weight whenever possible. According to Bild, one of those players was Thomas Müller, who never had an issue with Nagelsmann's plans. Additionally, Joshua Kimmich was named among those who were keen on following orders, and the footballer was sure to make that clear in a recent interview.

"It is obvious to sat we have not played properly recently, especially in Bundesliga games. We have only won five out of our last ten, but I don't think the coach had lost the locker room. I've been through a lot of managerial changes, but I did not see this one coming because us as players were not happy with the way things were going," Kimmich stated.

The Bavarian side will return to action this Saturday, when they get ready to welcome league leaders Borussia Dortmund in one more edition of Der Klassiker.


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Bayern München 4 - 2 Borussia Dortmund

April 1, 2023 12:30pmAllianz Arena (München)

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