By Rune Gjerulff@runegjerulff

Kahn reflects on decision to sack Nagelsmann

Oliver Kahn has responded to the question of whether the sacking of Julian Nagelsmann was the wrong decision in hindsight.

In March last year, Bayern Munich's management decided to sack Julian Nagelsmann and replace him with Thomas Tuchel.

 

As the club's CEO at the time, Oliver Kahn was a driving force behind the decision, which has since been heavily criticized, as Tuchel's spell with the Bavarians hasn't developed as hoped by those who put him in charge.

Ultimately, Kahn himself was sacked at the end of the 2022/23 season, and with Tuchel due to step down in the summer, Nagelsmann is now being heavily linked with a return.

In a wide-ranging interview with Sport Bild - Kahn's first since being relieved of his duties - the former Bayern boss was asked if, in hindsight, it was a mistake to sack Nagelsmann.

"Decisions always have to be seen in the context in which they were made. At the time, we saw our sporting success in jeopardy and made this decision, which was certainly not an easy one," he replied.

“We didn't win three titles, but we still became German champions. I've often said that I thought the way the decision was implemented was really bad. It didn't work out and I'm still thinking about it today,” added Kahn.

Asked about the possibility of Nagelsmann returning for a second spell after the Euros, Kahn replied:

"Why shouldn't he return to Bayern one day if he has more experience? That was the case with some Bayern coaches, especially Jupp Heynckes, but also Giovanni Trapattoni and Ottmar Hitzfeld, although they were at a more mature age when they returned to Bayern.

“It is difficult to judge after only a few friendlies [in charge of the German national team]. The experience with FC Bayern has certainly helped his development. There's no doubt about Julian's qualities, we can't discuss that. The Euros will be a real test. We can say more after that.”

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