As reported by Bild, the Bayern Munich board have grown increasingly frustrated with head coach Thomas Tuchel. It is understood that there have been a series of issues regarding Tuchel – whether that be comments or actions – that have set alarm bells ringing at the Säbener Straße.
After a deal for Fulham midfielder João Palhinha collapsed at the final hour, Tuchel had to contend with his ideal target returning to London without the possibility of signing an alternative. However, the Bayern management team had believed that they had done all that they could in order to lure Palhinha to Bavaria, and were therefore surprised by Tuchel’s comments after the game against Borussia Mönchengladbach:
“The squad is a bit thin, a bit small.” Tuchel’s comment was totally unexpected and the Bayern bosses are now becoming notably impatient with the 50-year-old’s constant negativity.
Tuchel has remarked all summer his desire for the Rekordmeister to sign a ‘number six’, and despite the belief of Bayern’s chief executive Jan-Christian Dreesen and technical director Marco Neppe that there is little requirement for that ilk of player, they did accept Tuchel’s wish. Therefore, now the transfer window is closed, they are irritated that Tuchel will not forget about a defensive midfielder: “I told you so. Without sixes it won’t work…”
There is now hope within the Bayern camp that Tuchel will now focus on the squad at his disposal rather than make cheap comments about failed recruitment. Afterall, Bild are reporting that the head coach has not helped himself in the transfer market.
Tuchel had not only refused to sign a full-back despite the Bayern management offering multiple candidates to the head coach, including the likes of João Cancelo and Trevoh Chalobah, but he has also been erratic with his transfer suggestions. He had been suggesting a plethora of signings that the club could make as well as a variety of goalkeepers without a true ideal target.
Ultimately however, it has been Tuchel’s instance regarding a six that has eaten away at those in charge, while also upsetting the current midfield roster at the club. As to whether the Bayern board will take drastic action is yet to be seen, but if results begin to take a turn for the worse, there would be little surprise if a change was made in the technical area.
GGFN | Will Shopland