When Thomas Tuchel was appointed to be Julian Nagelsmann’s successor last season, it appeared that Bayern Munich had found a head coach they could finally rely upon. However, since the appointment was made, there have been consistent issues between Tuchel and the Bayern board.
The previous transfer window highlighted how temperamental the relationship is regarding all parties. Tuchel was given a warning by the board for comments made after the transfer deadline had ended, and in a recent interview with RTL presenter Laura Papendick, honorary president Uli Hoeneß revealed his frustration with the situation:
“One or two of us, including the coach, made a few unwise statements. Because I don’t make my own team look bad by saying we’re stretched thin, we’re this, we’re that. If you see every weekend what we have on the bench – only international players – then we don’t have a thin squad.”
These comments were in retaliation to Tuchel, who had indicated his dismay with the make-up of his squad at the beginning of September: “We are a bit thin on the ground.” Nevertheless, while there is an undeniable tension between all parties, a separation seems very unlikely – especially at this stage of the season.
As well as this, both Tuchel and Hoeneß have been vocal in condemning the DFB’s decision to face the USA and Mexico in the upcoming set of international matches. Hoeneß would remark later in the interview:
“To play an international match against Mexico at two in the morning, you can see that it’s amateurish. I want to get the German people or the German viewers behind me. I can’t offer an international match with a new coach at two in the morning.”
GGFN| Will Shopland