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What next for increasingly toxic Thomas Tuchel? Sacked at Bayern Munich, he left Chelsea with secret ‘eye-watering’ reasons and falls out with stars – but his partner’s in London and the Premier League beckons


The writing had been on the wall and on Wednesday morning came the official confirmation: Thomas Tuchel has been sacked as Bayern Munich manager – although he will remain in charge until the end of the season.

The weekend’s surprising and disappointing 3-2 defeat at Bochum proved the final straw for the German giants as they stare at the unthinkable possibility of a rare trophyless season.

Bayern have lost their last three games in all competitions, including a 3-0 defeat at league leaders Bayer Leverkusen and have now dropped eight points behind them in the Bundesliga. They were also beaten 1-0 by Lazio in last week’s Champions League last-16 first leg.

It leaves questions over what next for the 50-year-old, after leaving his previous job at Chelsea in a similar cloud of smoke. His partner lives in London and he has many clubs as admirers after his short but successful spell at the Blues.

So, where has it gone wrong and what next? Mail Sport looks at Tuchel’s options going forward. 

Thomas Tuchel was sacked as Bayern Munich manager on Wednesday morning

Thomas Tuchel was sacked as Bayern Munich manager on Wednesday morning

The 50-year-old will remain in charge of the club until the end of the season before leaving

The 50-year-old will remain in charge of the club until the end of the season before leaving

Broken Bayern

Tuchel comes across as a charismatic figure, but behind the scenes all has not been well in Bavaria.

The German had taken over 11 months ago from Julian Nagelsmann but despite leading them to the Bundesliga title last season on the final matchday, they have not shown the form this season that saw them dominate German football for the past decade.

As mentioned in the intro, serial winners Bayern are anything but that this campaign.

If they measure their success against Bundesliga dominance and European success then losing to third-division outfit Saarbrucken in the German Cup earlier this season only heightened the pressure on the now-axed Tuchel.

Bayern have suffered three-straight defeats on the bounce, notably losing 3-2 to VFL Bochum at the weekend and are on the cusp of failing to win a trophy this season

Bayern have suffered three-straight defeats on the bounce, notably losing 3-2 to VFL Bochum at the weekend and are on the cusp of failing to win a trophy this season

The results on the pitch coincide with the reported disharmony among his squad off it – with several players apparently unhappy with their manager.

As detailed on Wednesday by BILD, the six-time European champions have a split in their camp – with key personnel for and against Tuchel.

Bayern stalwarts Thomas Muller, Joshua Kimmich and Serge Gnabry are in the latter group – alongside Leon Goretzka, Matthijs De Ligt and Mathy Tel.

Muller and Kimmich’s gripes appear to be the loudest. Muller, 34, has been at Bayern his entire career and speaks supportively about Tuchel in public but is privately simmering about his playing time.

The vice-captain has been reduced to a mixture of starts and substitute appearances, only playing around 40 per cent of the possible minutes, because his free-spirited attacking nature does not fit in with Tuchel’s master plan.

Meanwhile, Kimmich’s relationship with Tuchel began to fall into disrepair in the summer when Bayern were linked with bringing in a new player in his role, despite Kimmich only being 29 and at his peak.

Recently, he did not start against Bayer Leverkusen – despite risking his health to be ready to play after a shoulder injury – and was subbed off after 63 minutes against Bochum.

He reportedly needed to be ‘held back by his team-mates’ after being involved in a furious spat with assistant coach Zsolt Low post-match on the way back to their dressing room.

The fiery exchange appeared to be over, but Low then shouted something at Kimmich as he went up the stairs in the tunnel, sparking another confrontation.

At this point, Bayern captain Manuel Neuer and several other team-mates stepped in to prevent things from escalating any further.

Thomas Muller is one of the key players against Tuchel because of his reduced playing time

Thomas Muller is one of the key players against Tuchel because of his reduced playing time

Joshua Kimmich is also reportedly against him and was unsettled by transfer talk last summer

Joshua Kimmich is also reportedly against him and was unsettled by transfer talk last summer

Serge Gnabry hardly features nowadays despite previously being a heavily influential star

Serge Gnabry hardly features nowadays despite previously being a heavily influential star 

Falling out with stars

Those aforementioned issues to the feeling of ill-contempt are rife among some Bayern players towards Tuchel.

His stinging criticism of some of their recent displays has only added to the divide between some of him and some of his players.

After losing in Leverkusen, the furious manager reportedly told his players: ‘You’re not as good as I thought, then I just have to adapt to your level,’ according to Sky Germany.

A few days later he vented his frustration publicly again after Lazio emerged victorious in their Champions League last-16 first leg and Dayot Upamecano was sent off.

‘We did everything we could to fall behind, making errors and losing confidence. (There was) no need for Upamecano to go in like that.

‘It’s not wild or intentional – but just block the shot.’

Dayot Upamecano's red card against Lazio incensed Tuchel - who called him out publicly after

Dayot Upamecano’s red card against Lazio incensed Tuchel – who called him out publicly after

Boardoom disapproval

Discontent among players. Check. Discontent among the boardroom. Check.

Last month, reports in Germany intensified over Tuchel’s position at the Allianz Arena with club chiefs unimpressed by his negativity after a shock 1-0 home defeat by Werder Bremen.

Speaking post-match, the ex-Chelsea boss Tuchel said he was ‘tired of saying that we’re training well, nobody believes that anymore.’

‘I’m also tired of saying that we’re training well. Nobody believes that anymore,’ he fumed.

He went on to criticise his players by suggesting training level hadn’t been up to standard ‘for many weeks’ before saying they deserved to lose.

After losing 1-0 at home to Werder Bremen in January, Tuchel publicly admonished his players

After losing 1-0 at home to Werder Bremen in January, Tuchel publicly admonished his players

And at the time Bild reported that his comments went down like a lead balloon with his bosses and he had to prove himself worthy of his job.

‘I’ve been doing the job long enough to be able to judge whether the training was at the level we want it to be. This has really been the case for many weeks.

‘It was clearly not enough. For over 70 minutes I didn’t have the feeling that we were playing for victory. Afterwards I noticed it. Not until there.

‘We were extremely static in the first half. We lost a lot of the ball, allowed a lot of counter-attacks, and were sloppy in possession. Deserved defeat!’

Worse still, Tuchel made his remarks during a press conference rather than in private, which did not go down well with Bayern’s board.

Fast-forward a month and he has been given his P45 ahead of the summer.

The German said his players deserved to lose for this display, which the boardroom didn't like

The German said his players deserved to lose for this display, which the boardroom didn’t like

Hola, Spain?

Tuchel was very outspoken in January and his comments over his future wouldn’t have endeared himself to the Bayern board too.

Speaking at a fan event, a Bayern supporter if he could see himself managing in LaLiga one day, with Tuchel admitting that such a move would ‘appeal’ to him.

‘Moving abroad would appeal to me again,’ Tuchel said at a fan event on Sunday. ‘Spain has an extraordinary league. From my perspective, and based on my experience working with Spaniards, they are characterised by a tremendous amount of self-confidence.

‘When you speak with Spanish players, I quickly get the sense that you are engaging with the person.’

While being open and honest, the optics on those remarks were not a good look as they came less than 24 hours after Xavi had announced that he would step down as Barcelona boss at the end of the season.

And while privately, Bayern club chiefs may have held a damning view on it – their former midfielder Didi Hamann was quick to publicly condemn the 50-year-old, labelling him a ‘disgrace’.

‘He sits down and talks about Xavi, about the successor and that he would like to train in Barcelona or Spain. That’s a disgrace!’ Hamann told Sky Germany, as reported by Bild.

‘He (Tuchel) is a very intelligent man, something like that doesn’t just slip out of his mouth. Only he has to know one thing: If you are an employee of Bayern, taking on the management – that is rarely a good idea.

‘When I look at the last three home games, it’s subpar by Bayern Munich’s standards. Against three teams that are at the bottom, that’s simply not enough.’

Another departure clouded in controversy

Tuchel’s hiring as Bayern boss in March 2023 ended a six-month hiatus from management after he his sudden sacking in the Chelsea hotseat in September 2022.

The German, who had won the Champions League with the Blues a year prior, was giving his marching orders after a European defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.

It was a surprise to many, but Mail Sport columnist alluded to there being more to it – urging owner Todd Boehly to go public with the real reasons why the change happened.

‘There’s a lot more behind the scenes of Tuchel that would make most people’s eyes water as to the reasons why Todd Boehly made that decision and it wasn’t just a case of losing to Dinamo Zagreb, it was case of a whole raft of other things – that’s Todd Boehly’s gift to tell people what that is,’ he told talkSPORT in January 2023.

‘But it opened my eyes and I would’ve done exactly the same thing as Todd Boehly did which is “you can go mate”.’

Tuchel was ruthlessly cut loose just 15 months after Chelsea defeated Manchester City to win their second Champions League title.

The decision arrived seven games into the season, while Tuchel was believed to be negotiating a new deal and just 100 days into Boehly’s reign.

The sudden and brutal end to his 18-month spell in west London was replicated in Paris, where he was sacked on Christmas Eve 2020 by Paris Saint-Germain after two years and seven months at the helm.

Tuchel joined the club at the beginning of the 2018-19 season, winning back-to-back league titles as well as the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue in 2020.

However, in October 2020 there was a public fallout over player recruitment with the club’s sporting director Leonardo.

Tuchel said: “We lose too many players on free transfers. It is too, too much. We cannot ask this squad the same thing as we did last season.”

The following day Leonardo voiced his disapproval of Tuchel’s comments, saying “you have to respect the people above you”.

“I didn’t like his comments, the club didn’t like them either,” he said.

“We have to understand the moment we are going through. If someone is not happy, it is easy – we can talk. But if you decide to stay, you have to respect the people above you.”

Two months later, Tuchel was gone.

So, what are his options?

Aside from his fluttering his eyelids towards Spain and LaLiga; it is unclear what lies in store for Tuchel, in truth.

Having managed Germany’s top two clubs (Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund) and France’s best side (Paris Saint-Germain) a return to club management in either country can safely be ruled out for now.

The Premier League will always appeal to the German too. Despite how it ended in Germany, he enjoyed his spell in England’s top flight and that is where he met his current 36-year-old Brazilian girlfriend, Natalie Guerreiro Max.

Tuchel met his current girlfriend Natalie Guerreiro Max in London while managing Chelsea

Natalie Guerreiro Max (pictured in 2017)

Tuchel met his current girlfriend Natalie Guerreiro Max in London while managing Chelsea

It is thought the couple’s romance blossomed during dates at an Italian restaurant in west London and progressed from there.

As Mail Sport can detail, the Premier League is on alert with the former Chelsea boss set to leave Bayern at the end of the season, with West Ham and others interested – while Man Utd and Newcastle could move heaven and earth for him.

Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso has been heavily linked with a move to replace outgoing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp but the Spaniard is also now set to be on Bayern’s radar too – having impressed at one of their rivals.

If Tuchel did go to Anfield then that would be the third time he has succeeded Klopp directly at a club after doing so in Germany with Mainz and Dortmund.

Then there is the possibility of turning a hand to international management? Nagelsmann’s contract in charge of Germany expires after Euro 2024 and the lure of guiding his country to the World Cup and then out of the group stages for the time since they won it in 2014 could prove an appealing and motivating factor to Tuchel.

For now though, his focus will be firmly on ending the season on a high at Bayern with Bundesliga and Champions League glory, despite the current uphill task.



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