By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

Sky Report: Nagelsmann's contract automatically voided if Germany fail in Euro group

In a not unsurprising (yet still significant) bit of news regarding Bundestrainer Julian Nagelsmann's new contract, Sky Germany reports that the DFB have protected their interests by making it possible to terminate Nagelsmann immediately this summer. 

The German footballing bombshell dropping yesterday regarding Bundestrainer Julian Naglesmann's extension with the DFB does, unsurprisingly enough, bring with it some common sense news. Sky Germany reports that the German FA are prepared to back the youngest head-coach to ever lead the German national team only to a certain point. Nagelsmann's new contract, per Sky Germany, will be immediately nullified if Germany fail to progress past the group phase in the coming summer European Championship. 

German expectations for the national team generally hold that the team must attain the semi-finals in major international tournaments. The last time this occurred was during the 2016 Euros; at which Germany bowed out in the semis against hosts France. The fact that two Bundestrainers (Joachim Löw in 2018 and Hansi Flick in 2022) were permitted to remain in place despite group-stage eliminations runs contrary to all that Germans have come to expect from their national team. 

Sky reports that the German FA have inserted an iron-clad clause into Nagelsmann's contract. Should the team fail to progress beyond the group, the deal is subject to immediate annulment. The 36-year-old will not even be entitled to collect the rest of his due salary if the 2024 Euro hosts suffer such a humiliation. In a 24-team-tournament, the German Nationalmannschaft must collect a least three points against opponents Scotland, Switzerland, and Hungary in order to advance to the Round-of-16.

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