‘We are TOTALLY convinced of Julian’: Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn dismisses that Nagelsmann is under pressure amid talk of interest in Thomas Tuchel… but concedes board are ‘dissatisfied’ and ‘in a bad mood’ after below-par start to season
- Bayern Munich have started the defence of their Bundesliga title indifferently
- Club currently sit fourth after seven games – five points behind the leaders
- Oliver Kahn has offered his full backing to Julian Nagelsmann after speculation
- Had been talk that the young coach was under pressure at the German giants
Oliver Kahn has offered Julian Nagelsmann his full backing amid speculation the young Bayern Munich manager is under pressure after a poor start to the season.
Nagelsmann’s side are currently fourth in the Bundesliga, five points off early pacesetters Union Berlin, having played seven games. Following Saturday’s defeat to Augsburg, speculation had been abound surrounding his future.
However, speaking to Sky Germany, Bayern Munich chief Kahn dismissed talk that Nagelsmann is under pressure, declaring the club ‘totally convinced of Julian’.
Oliver Kahn defended Julian Nagelsmann and said the club was fully behind the young coach
It had been suggested the club could soon sought the services of former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel who was sacked by Chelsea last week.
Kahn put distance between the club and those rumours.
He said: ‘We are not dealing with any other coaches now. We are totally convinced of Julian.’
Nevertheless, he admitted to figures from the club being in a ‘bad mood’ regarding the club’s performances and results so far this term, seemingly urging Nagelsmann to turn the ship around.
Kahn said that the young manager had the full backing of the Bayern Munich hierarchy but that they were in a ‘bad mood’ about the club’s current plight
‘Of course we are all dissatisfied, in a bad mood,’ he said.
‘We have to get to the bottom of it all. And assume that as soon as it starts again against Leverkusen, we will and must attack fully.’
‘Perhaps one or the other has taken hold of the belief that you could do the Bundesliga on the side. But that’s not the case,’ he went on to say.
Kahn added that he and the rest of the hierarchy are intrigued to see ‘which levers we can move so that we can quickly get back on the road to success in the Bundesliga’.
Bayern Munich are without a win in their last four Bundesliga games – drawing four, losing once
Hasan Salihamidzic, the club’s sporting director, had admitted after the game to being ‘worried’ at the club’s current plight.
‘We haven’t won in four games in the Bundesliga, we got three out of twelve possible points, so I’m a little worried,’ he explained.
‘You can’t win in the Bundesliga the way we played today.’
Their form in Europe has proved considerably better, however; they currently sit top of their Champions League group after wins over Inter Milan and Barcelona.
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic admitted that Bayern’s poor Bundesliga form is worrying