The Future of Thomas Tuchel: Potential Destinations After Bayern Departure

Mainz, Dortmund, PSG, Chelsea, Bayern – and then? Thomas Tuchel will be available again from the summer. It has recently become clear that the coach and his current employer in Munich will part ways at the end of the season.

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One thing is certain: it will be by far the shortest term in Tuchel’s career as head coach. A maximum of 62 competitive games will be played at the end. Few of the previous Bayern games under the 50-year-old have received a genuine letter of recommendation for a new job.

And yet Tuchel doesn’t have to worry about his professional future. His image – like that of his predecessor Julian Nagelsmann – may have suffered a few scratches during his time in Munich, but he is still considered an excellent coach.

Future to Bavaria? Tuchel already has an idea

The 50-year-old himself doesn’t want to think about his future yet. “I won’t have any influence on what happens in the summer. “That has never worked for me, thinking about or planning other things while I’m in a job,” he said at the first press conference after Bayern’s announcement.

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He does have an idea, “but the idea has to stay in the drawer. Otherwise I won’t function. I have high professional standards for myself. It’s 100 percent Bayern Munich until the end.”

But that shouldn’t change the fact that Tuchel is already in high demand, especially internationally.

For example at FC Barcelona. As is well known, the Spanish top club will also part ways with their coach Xavi in ​​the summer. And Tuchel has been linked to the Catalans for weeks.

Tuchel and Barca? That speaks for it

Sky is now reporting that Tuchel is absolutely open to joining the Spanish FCB – and is already one of the candidates. If you believe the Barca-affiliated newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Tuchel even had his advisors in Barcelona offer him a job in the recent past.

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In addition, Tuchel already has an important advocate in the team at Barca alongside President Joan Laporta – who is said to have a soft spot for German coaches. “For me, Thomas Tuchel is one of the best coaches in the world,” Ilkay Gündogan enthused before the current season. The Barca star predicted that Bayern would return to their old dominance under the tactics expert.

DFB captain Gündogan and Tuchel know each other from their time together in Dortmund: “It surprises me very much that FC Bayern is now having such difficulties,” he said recently. A joint new start for Tuchel and Barcelona after a largely disappointing season for both sides? Sounds like a good option.

English appreciation and an ejector seat

The fact that Tuchel publicly announced a few weeks ago that he would “definitely be interested in going abroad again” and that Spain has an “extraordinary league” also fits into the picture. Just like the well-documented enthusiasm for tactics that he shares with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.

The Catalans’ financial situation speaks against Barca. Big transfers like the ones Tuchel got at Bayern with Harry Kane and sought with Declan Rice are currently not expected.

Aside from LaLiga, a return to the English Premier League is likely to be an option for the still Bayern coach. Here, too, there are already the first rumors after the recently announced farewell. The radio station Talksport, among others, names Tuchel as a potential candidate at West Ham United.

The Hammers are Conference League winners, but are ninth in the league this year, but are currently not on course for the European Cup. The same applies to Newcastle (eighth), which under Eddie Howe falls short of expectations. For that reason alone, they probably wouldn’t be Tuchel’s first option. Even though he recently announced that he felt “more appreciated” as a coach in England.

Record champions Manchester United could have significantly more appeal. Tuchel has been loosely associated with the Red Devils for years. In addition, the coaching chair at the former giant is an ejector seat (eight coaches in eleven years) and could be free again in the summer.

Tuchel as Klopp’s heir?

The Dutchman Erik ten Hag is currently fighting for continuity there. His contract runs until 2025 – just like Tuchel’s until recently. It is clear that of England’s top clubs, only leaders FC Liverpool need a coach in the summer. Tuchel as Jürgen Klopp’s successor? At least not unimaginable, even if at first glance this step would promise quite a stark contrast.

Tuchel’s reputation as a Champions League winner almost automatically makes him a must-have candidate for all big clubs. Maybe also in Italy, where Juventus Turin is at least considering a change of coach in the summer, according to Eurosport. Massimiliano Allegri led the Old Lady to second place after a bad season including a point deduction, but his stay is at least not guaranteed.

And so Tuchel could also come into focus in Serie A; before he started at FC Bayern, there were probably also contacts with the current leaders Inter Milan.

For the moment the question remains: Mainz, Dortmund, PSG, Chelsea, Bayern – and then?

2024-02-24 12:54:58
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