Tuchel & Nagelsmann Frontrunners For Bayern job

Gabe Morency

Friday, September 29, 2017 8:06 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 29, 2017 8:06 PM UTC

Bayern Munich shocked the footballing world by sacking Carlo Ancelotti in the wake of his side’s 3-0 Champions League defeat against PSG. Bayern are German champions and just three points off the top of the.
<p>Bayern Munich shocked the footballing world by sacking Carlo Ancelotti in the wake of his side’s 3-0 Champions League defeat against PSG. Bayern are German champions and just three points off the top of the table with six games played this season. They are just 3/10 to win <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/bundesliga-weekend-match-value-round-7/">the Bundesliga</a>, but they are facing up to a new reality in Europe, where heavy-spending clubs like PSG are threatening to usurp the establishment. Ancelotti lost the dressing room and subsequently saw the support of the club’s hierarchy evaporate, and he was relieved of his duties.</p><p>Assist manager Willy Sagnol, the former Bayern and France full-back, has replaced him as an interim manager but is unlikely to get the job on a permanent basis. It is one of the world’s most high-profile roles and Sagnol has very little experience, with just an unsuccessful 14-month spell at Bordeaux under his belt. He is the 6/1 third favourite to be named the next permanent manager and he might have a chance if he guides Bayern to a sensational run, but it is very unlikely.</p><p>Instead, a two-horse race is expected to develop between two of Germany’s most exciting young coaches: Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann. Tuchel has managed Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, and earned rave reviews for his work at both. Nagelsmann is just 30 years old but has already been earmarked as a star of the future after guiding unfancied Hoffenheim to a fourth-placed finish last season. They have started the 2017/18 campaign in fine form and beat Bayern 2-0, and they are now second in the table. Most bookmakers have them at 8/11 for a top-four finish, but 10Bet is offering an attractive 5/4. Bayern have long dominated the league and Dortmund look a quality outfit this season, but Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig are the best teams in the next bracket and Hoffenheim look good for at least a fourth-place finish.</p><p>Nonetheless, the ambitious Nagelsmann has let it be known that he wants the Bayern job. He was born just outside of Munich and said: “FC Bayern is playing a bigger role in my dreams. I have lived in Munich for many years. My wife and my child are going to Munich soon. We are building a house there. We have a family connection there. This is our home.” That is pretty emphatic and will worry Hoffenheim fans, as he has been integral to their recent success. If he does leave, that bet on them finishing in the top four suddenly gets a lot less attractive.</p><p>But he faces stiff competition in the form of Tuchel. While Nagelsmann would have to be prised from his contract at Hoffenheim, Tuchel is a free agent, having left Dortmund in the summer. He took over an out of sorts side in the summer of 2015 that had just finished seventh under Jurgen Klopp and galvanized them, pioneering an exciting brand of attacking football. They finished the season as runners-up, but the best runners-up in history. Tuchel wanted to push for the title in 2016/17, but instead, Dortmund cashed in on key players Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – all in the final year of their contracts – against his wishes and they could only finish third. The relationship between Tuchel and his paymasters broke down and he was axed, but his glowing reputation remains intact.</p><p>The bookmakers differ in their views on who will get the job. At Sky Bet, Nagelsmann is the 4/6 favourite, while Tuchel is out at 7/4. But at Bet Victor, Tuchel is 4/5 and Nagelsmann is the 6/4 outsider. Tuchel has rejected advantages from various clubs and is holding out for a big offer, and they do not get much bigger than Bayern, so he looks a good option at 7/4 as he is more experienced than Nagelsmann.</p><p>After Sagnol, the odds get long, with midfielder Xabi Alonso at 14/1 and then Jurgen Klopp at 16/1. Klopp is an intriguing option. He broke the Bayern monopoly while at Dortmund and guided them to back-to-back title victories, proving a regular thorn in Bayern’s side and he is a high-profile candidate. Liverpool are not in great form and he may be tempted by a return back to the Bundesliga. Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is also 16/1. The next raft of potential bosses are all at 25/1: Antonio Conte, Brendan Rodgers, Diego Simeone, Joachim Löw, Leonardo Jardim, Louis Van Gaal and Maurizio Sarri. Löw is unlikely to go with the World Cup around the corner, while Simeone has signed a new contract at Atletico and Rodgers is not really of the right caliber, while Van Gaal might be considered past it. Monaco boss Jardim is an interesting option at 25/1, but really it should come down to a straight fight between Tuchel and Nagelsmann.</p>
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