Tuchel confirms he will not be Bayern coach next season

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Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that he will not remain at Bayern Munich as the club’s head coach.

It was announced in February that Tuchel would leave Bayern at the end of the season, following a Bundesliga defeat to Bayer Leverkusen and a disappointing domestic performance.

Speaking ahead of Bayern’s clash with Hoffenheim on Saturday, Tuchel confirmed that he had recently held discussions with Bayern to reverse the decision and stay for next season. However, the 50-year-old insisted he would not continue in his role.

He said: “This is my last press conference. The February agreement is still valid. There were discussions again, but we could not reach an agreement. We therefore stick to the February agreement.

“It’s obviously difficult. Results like in the Champions League against Lazio, Arsenal and Real Madrid bring you together. The feedback from recent weeks formed the basis of our discussion. But we could not reach an agreement. I won’t name the reasons. The February agreement is still in force.”

Tuchel’s decision means Bayern will continue their search for a new head coach.

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Athleticism reported earlier this month that they had started discussions with former boss Hansi Flick regarding the possibility of his return to the club. The 59-year-old previously managed Bayern for two years between 2019 and 2021, winning the Champions League and back-to-back Bundesliga titles before taking over as head coach of the German national team for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Xabi Alonso was seen as a potential candidate, but he has confirmed his commitment to Leverkusen for the upcoming season after guiding them to their first Bundesliga title.

Julian Nagelsmann, previously fired by Bayern in February last year, was also linked with a return, but he opted to extend his tenure as head coach of the German national team by extending his contract.

Ralf Ragnick, former interim head coach of Manchester United, was close to taking on the role but ultimately declined. He will instead focus on leading Austria at the upcoming European Championship in Germany this summer.

Tuchel, meanwhile, won the Bundesliga title for Bayern in 2022-23 and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League this season, before being beaten by Real Madrid.

The German – who has previously managed Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain – also won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021.

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