Bayern Munich have this morning officially unveiled Thomas Tuchel as their new trainer following the sacking of Julian Nagelsmann on Thursday. At a press conference at the Säbener Strasse, CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic joined Tuchel in explain his appointment and given the new coach the opportunity to give his thoughts.
“As CEO, of course, I also have many other responsibilities. But it’s a key area and I keep my ear close to the team. I always try to talk to the players as well. That is also the strength of this club. The fact that the CEO also comes from a sports background is deliberate. I talk to the players now and then. I think we’ve managed that very well recently and we’ve also had a clear picture of what the players think and how they feel.
“We constantly talk to the players, we have honest players, we have top guys. Unfortunately, you see that they’re not producing these top performances on the pitch. Often you can’t explain exactly why we don’t bring that energy and mentality on the pitch.
“Julian was also very much in focus in terms of communication. We were constantly talking, could discuss all topics. I also had the opportunity to pass on one or two experiences from my time to him. We did everything we could to support Julian in the best possible way.”
“On Tuesday, I called Thomas. We’re all professionals. We came to the conclusion that we need a coach like this, who’s gained a lot of experience, also abroad. On Tuesday evening we met and had a very good conversation. He was very excited from the first second, we talked a lot. In the days after, Marco Neppe and I negotiated with his side so we’d have a decision in two days.
“We talked a few years ago, it didn’t work out then. We were convinced that we wanted to bring Thomas to Säbener Straße. When the moment came, we spoke directly with Julian that we wanted a personal conversation. Now we have a new coach in Thomas Tuchel, welcome.”
“I’m convinced that it’s an honour and a distinction to be approached by FC Bayern. When you sign a contract, it’s a great honour. My express thanks for the trust in me go to Oliver Kahn, Hasan Salihamidžić, Herbert Hainer and Uli Hoeneß. When you work abroad for a while, you become even more aware of the importance of FC Bayern. The club’s DNA is about commitment. Bayern is about winning, also about the way of winning. The squad is one of the most talented and best squads in Europe.
“I’m really looking forward to working with this squad. You’re a contender for every trophy with these players. It’s also a big commitment. In the end, it’s also a personal wish to work close to my family. There were many reasons to commit quickly.
“We don’t really have much time. I’ll probably not see the international players until Friday. It’s surprising timing, also because in all three competitions the title is still a possibility. So less is more, it will be about details. I have an idea of what can be done and a lot of anticipation. It’s about playing for all the trophies.
“I’m a fan of sorting it out on the training pitch. It’s a big upheaval when a head coach leaves. The quickest way to gain trust is to go directly onto the pitch. It’s clear that group discussions and feedback from the players are also on the agenda. Ultimately, it helps everyone to get out on the pitch to build anticipation for Saturday night. It’s a huge game for all of us, even in this constellation. It’s a matter of building confidence and anticipation.
“Of course I know the squad and the performances, I kept watching football because it makes my day nicer when I watch football. I didn’t think about it for a time, that’s what I got into the habit of doing, you have to wait and be patient. Then on Tuesday night I started thinking about the squad for the first time. The opinion in England or Paris of Bayern Munich is extremely high. Nobody likes to play against Bayern Munich. The size, the strength of the club, is undisputed.”