To replace Tapalovic, the Bavarian team spent a sum of up to 6 figures to bring in Michael Rechner. And this 42-year-old expert was the assistant coach of coach Julian Nagelsmann when the duo was still at Hoffenheim.
The fact that Bayern fired Neuer’s friend to appoint Nagelsmann’s “hard partner” shows the growing power of the 35-year-old strategist. Nagelsmann is even creating an empire of his own at the Allianz Arena. With the exception of the only person left from the Hansi Flick era, fitness coach Holger Broich, most of the current Bayern coaching staff are his trusted people, from assistants Benjamin Glueck, Dino Toppmoeller, Xaver Zembrod to to psychologist Maximilian Pelka.
Not only that, Nagelsmann also meets all requirements for working conditions. Bayern’s board of directors has erected a large screen in the center of Saebener Strasse to support training, and arranged an additional closed training area just to serve the young teacher. And Nagelsmann’s power was even so great that he was allowed to participate in the planning of the squad.
The 35-year-old strategist is the person behind the decision to recruit Matthijs de Ligt, Sadio Mane, Joao Cancelo and soon Konrad Laimer. He was also the one who directly persuaded Noussair Mazraoui to agree to come to Bayerm. It can be said that Nagelsmann is the most privileged coach at Bayern since Pep Guardiola. But of course, the greater the power, the greater the responsibility. Nagelsmann’s “empire” can completely collapse, if Bayern does not achieve the expected success.