Another crushing blow for PL clubs as Nagelsmann commits to Germany

In a week full of German success stories on the continent, the DfB has gotten in on the act, and extended their men’s national team manager Julian Nagelsmann’s contract to 2026.

His previous deal was set to expire in 2024

The 36-year-old is one of the most well-regarded managers in Europe, and had been eyed up by Liverpool and Bayern Munich for their managerial vacancies this summer, and as an alternative to Mauricio Pochettino by Chelsea.

Nagelsmann has Germany back on the right track after wins over France and the Netherlands – Photo by Icon Sport

Why did Liverpool, Bayern and Chelsea want Nagelsmann?

Nagelsmann has long been the apple of elite clubs’ eyes, and it is not hard to see why.

The German is tactically flexible, alternating between a back four and three, but is known for his complex pressing systems and control of possession. His youthfulness is also a big plus.

Most top managers don’t reach their best until their late 40s, so he still has room to grow.

Klopp and Nagelsmann share a lot – Photo by Icon Sport

For Liverpool, Nagelsmann would have represented a natural successor to Klopp. He is adept with Klopp’s signature gegenpressing style, but could still freshen up the club with his flexibility and youthfulness. 

Chelsea saw him as an upgrade on Mauricio Pochettino, and should they have had the opportunity, would’ve thrown everything at the German.

Bayern Munich, having missed out on Xabi Alonso, were pushing hard to bring back their former manager after sacking him just over a year ago, having found that the grass was not necessarily greener with Thomas Tuchel.

The Nagelsmann story so far

The young manager has a remarkable amount of experience for his age, having become a coach as soon as injuries ended his playing career at age 20. He was appointed TSG Hoffenheim’s manager at just 28. 

Nagelsmann guided the club all the way to the Champions League, and became the youngest manager in the competition’s history.

Nagelsmann did something extraordinary with Hoffenheim – Photo by Icon Sport

A move to RB Leipzig followed, where he developed players like Ibrahima Konate and Christopher Nkunku and consolidated Die Roten Bullen as a Champions League fixture.

Bayern paid a world-record €25 million to release Nagelsmann from his Leipzig contract and appointed him in 2021.

The manager won the 2021/22 Bundesliga, but by the middle of 2022/23 things had soured. Despite being top of the league, Bayern sacked Nagelsmann in March on account of a poor run of form and differences between him and influential Bayern figures.

The Bavarian giants did not tell Nagelsmann of his sacking, and the manager only discovered his fate when he checked the news on his phone. 

The 36-year-old returned to coaching in September 2023, looking to revitalise the ailing German national side before their home European Championships.

William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.