Good morning, Fear the Wall! Happy Monday.
With Hansi Flick set to replace Joachim Low as the head coach of the German national team, Bayern Munich will need a new manager to replace him. While various outlets have thrown around a few names here and there like Ajax’s Erik Ten Haag and former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, but there’s one coach who seems to be the clear frontrunner. According to several outlets including Sport1 and The Independent have reported that Bayern Munich have officially started talks with RB Leipzig over snatching up the Red Bulls’ prize manager, Julian Nagelsmann.
Nagelsmann has seemed destined for Bayern ever since he broke into the Bundesliga with TSG Hoffenheim. Although he may attract interest from other clubs, especially Tottenham, who just sacked Jose Mourinho, I find it hard to believe that he’ll end up anywhere but Munich.
UPDATE: According to Bayern Munich insider Christian Falk, Nagelsmann, Leipzig, and Bayern have already agreed to terms.
I guess this is what I get for writing these things on Sunday night.
If Julian Nagelsmann does depart RB Leipzig, they will naturally need a replacement for him. According to Bundesliga expert Derek Rae, the clear favorite to replace him is Julian Marsch, the coach of Leipzig’s Austrian cousin club, RB Salzburg.
Jesse Marsch remains the favourite for the RB Leipzig job should Julian Nagelsmann leave. Here’s a thread summary of his appearance on the Sky DE show „Meine Geschichte“ today. They visit prominent ⚽️ people at home. Excuse my typos as I multi-tasked while listening. https://t.co/XsR6tkp7nR— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) April 25, 2021
Werder Bremen “To Decide Florian Kohfeldt’s Fate”
According to Bulinews, Werder Bremen’s board will meet to discuss whether they will retain the services of head coach Florian Kohfeldt. Kohfeldt has done well to keep Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga over the last few seasons despite a pretty lackluster squad, and his team has made the semifinals in the DFB-Pokal. Whether he remains at the Weserstadion or not, Kohfeldt is a talented coach and will surely land another job somewhere else if he were to depart.
Lille OSC Beat Olympique Lyonnais, Inch Closer to Ligue 1 Title
While we are above all a Bundesliga-focused site, if there’s a title race for the ages going on in another league, you bet your behind we’re going to cover it.
The race for the French domestic league might just be the most exciting story in European Football right now. Lille LOSC improbably lead Ligue 1 with only four games remaining, holding a slender one-point lead over Paris Saint-Germain. Over the past decade, Ligue 1 has been fairly uncompetitive, with PSG tending to dominate its less-wealthy rivals. This year, a cluster of four clubs at the top has been very refreshing.
Lille’s lead in the table has dwindled over the past month or so, now at a single point, but they cleared perhaps their biggest hurdle yesterday, with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Olympique Lyonnais, another big club that are also in the race for the title. Although Lyon jumped off to a quick 2-0 lead, Lille managed to come back with a first-half stoppage time goal and an 85th-minute chipped goal by Burak Yilmaz, that reminds me quite a bit of Paco Alcacer’s chip of Manuel Neuer from a few years back.
With only four games remaining, Lille’s biggest remaining challenge will be a showdown with RC Lens, the club currently in fifth in the Bundesliga, and Lille’s local rivals. If Lille can win the Derby du Nord, it will be one step closer to a very improbable Ligue 1 victory.
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Is there any doubt in your mind that Julian Nagelsmann will be the one to replace Hansi Flick as Bayern Munich’s head coach?