When Thomas Tuchel became available on the job market last fall, Julian Nagelsmann’s position as Bayern Munich manager became that much more precarious.
After all, it is the responsibility of the bosses to always have an eye on how to improve the team.
Now, Bayern alum and rising coaching star Xabi Alonso is guiding Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen to another surging run of form. And it has surely caught the attention of fans and journalists, if not the bosses themselves.
“We thought that, with Julian Nagelsmann, we’d have peace for five years,” said honorary president Uli Hoeneß in comments captured by Sport Bild, via @iMiaSanMia. “Now we have a very serious and good coach in Thomas Tuchel. We want to shape things together with him in the next years. We had a good cooperation from the start. That’s been showing in the past weeks.”
Hoeneß had been asked directly about the possibility of Xabi becoming the next Bayern manager, and diplomatically deflected.
However, performance is everything. And the more Xabi’s star rises, the more the question will linger.
For now, though, Tuchel is still the man in charge. Bayern — and Tuchel — have everything to play for, and everything to prove.