If one of Europe’s biggest football clubs receives three coaching resignations in a row, it has a problem. After all, it is not the case that specialist staff of this quality are a dime a dozen. On the contrary: the personnel that are suitable for a club like FC Bayern can almost be counted on one hand. But apparently the German record champions no longer exude the attractiveness that a coach simply accepts because FC Bayern is FC Bayern.

Xabi Alonso from Bayer Leverkusen declined because he did not believe he could handle the new task as a new coach. He also works under perfect conditions in Leverkusen. In his second year as head coach of a professional team, he led Leverkusen to the championship title, will play in the Champions League next season and Bayer is, to quote a former German Chancellor, led with a steady hand.

Julian Nagelsmann turned down the offer because he felt the prospects at the DFB were better. The prospect of leading the German national team through a European Championship and a World Cup appealed to Nagelsmann more than wearing himself out in the day-to-day business of a major club. Why should he return to FC Bayern, who had kicked him out in a rude manner (even by Bundesliga standards) just a year ago?

Rangnick canceled because he apparently saw the danger that a commitment could affect his current job as Austrian national coach. After all, Rangnick still wants to play in a European Championship. In addition, Rangnick is held in the highest regard by the Austrian association. There are no pitfalls, divergent interests or power struggles there. At least not in the way of the big club from Munich.

FC Bayern’s current situation is the result of a long development that began in March of last year. CEO Oliver Kahn and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic decided to dismiss Nagelsmann at a time when he could still have won the treble of championship, cup and Champions League. But Kahn and Salihamidzic saw their goals at risk, the team’s development was not going as expected and Thomas Tuchel was on the market. So they took action, kicked Nagelsmann out the door and installed their dream coach. Two months later they themselves were history. Rarely before had a club leader been shaved like this.

In this situation, Tuchel took over an unsettled team. He immediately made a serious mistake when he called for a “holding six” (a defensive six) during the summer break and offended the established staff. With a lot of luck, it was enough to win the championship in 2023 because BVB lost their nerve in the season finale. In the new season, the team delivered very inconsistent performances, failed early in the DFB Cup against 1. FC Saarbrücken and lost the championship title for the first time in eleven years.

The uncertainty at the start of the season was exacerbated by a chaotic transfer phase. The hastily set up transfer task force around Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge managed to spectacularly sign superstar Harry Kane, but otherwise Tuchel did not get the personnel (“holding six”) he wanted for the defense and midfield. Even then, doubts began to arise about the club’s leadership skills. Tuchel, for his part, made serious misjudgments when he gave his approval for the transfer of full-back Josip Stanisic to Bayer Leverkusen.

However, the current Bayern coach no longer needs to worry about that. At the end of February, the club, led by new CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen and sporting director Christoph Freund, decided that Tuchel could also leave after the season. The fact that Tuchel was able to win the Champions League despite his announced resignation is once again one of the special highlights.

Sports director Max Eberl, who has been in office since March, had nothing to do with any of this. He should become the new strong man at Bayern. But even a boar can only work under the conditions he finds. The fact that the search for a trainer turned into a public showcase of the candidates, who were previously publicly calibrated and weighed, can only be partially blamed on him. Nevertheless, Eberl will have to ask himself whether he needs to take more consistent action against the leaks in the club. And whether it was really smart to ask a Nagelsmann at all – given the events of the past year.

At the moment, Bayern’s management staff seems overwhelmed. When honorary chairman Uli Hoeneß insults coach Tuchel in the old manner, it looks even worse to the outside world. It reinforces the impression that the FC Bayern entity is no longer quite up to date. Potential coaching candidates also see this and are turning down a bunch. Eberl is certainly not to be envied.

Sources:  “Kicker”, DPA, “Image”, Wikipedia