Bundesliga coaching carousel: Bayern appoint Julian Nagelsmann, Jesse Marsch the favourite to replace him

Julian Nagelsmann (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Julian Nagelsmann (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich have confirmed the appointment of Julian Nagelsmann as their next head coach, with the 33 year old signing a a five year contract with the German champions. Reports claim that the Bavarians have paid RB Leipzig a compensation of up to 25 million euros, making Nagelsmann the most expensive head coach of all time.

Nagelsmann will replace Hansi Flick, who made the decision to step down as Bayern Munich head coach earlier this month. Flick now looks set to become the head coach of the German national team. He is the favourite to replace Joachim Löw, who will step down after this summer’s European Championships.

Nagelsmann leaves RB Leipzig after two seasons with the Saxony based club. He led Leipzig to the Champions League semi-finals during his first season in charge. And they are set to finish second in the Bundesliga standings this season.

RB Salzburg head coach Jesse Marsch is the favourite to replace Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig. The 47 year old worked at Leipzig as an assistant coach to Ralf Rangnick during the during the 2018/19 season before getting the top job at RB Salzburg.

But RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff denied claims that an agreement is already in place with Marsch during Tuesday’s press conference. However, he did add that they have drawn a ‘shortlist with three interesting candidates’ to replace Nagelsmann. According to Kicker, Mainz’ Bo Svensson and PSV’s Roger Schmidt are the alternatives to Marsch.

While Sky Germany claim that Wolfsburg’s Oliver Glasner and Stuttgart’s Pellegrino Matarazzo are on Leipzig’s shortlist, along with Marsch.

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Bayern’s decision to appoint Nagelsmann means that six of the current top seven Bundesliga teams will have new coaches next season. A vacancy could also open up at Wolfsburg if Oliver Glasner joins Leipzig.