Julian Nagelsmann, who was selected as Hansi Flick’s replacement as national team coach on Friday, has been handed nine months to turn around a reeling Germany before hosting Euro 2024.
With the national team faltering, Germany fired Flick because the German Football Association (DFB) didn’t want to see another poor performance in a major tournament—this time as the hosts of the European championships the following year.
Nagelsmann, a 36-year-old former Bayern Munich manager, has agreed to a contract that expires at the end of July 2024, which will let him to depart after Euro 2024.
In a statement, Nagelsmann stated, “We have a European Championship in our own country—that’s something special.”
The urge to take on this task is strong inside me.
Before being fired, Flick had only won four of the squad’s seventeen games. He led the team to a humiliating group-stage elimination at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, making him the first-ever fired coach in Germany history.
Bergelsmann was praised as “an outstanding coach” by DFB President Bernd Neuendorf, who added, “We are convinced (he) will ensure that the national team inspires its fans and that the Euros are also a sporting success.”
Following a dismal 4-1 friendly defeat to Japan in Wolfsburg at the beginning of September, Flick was fired.
After being fired by the German champions in March, Nagelsmann, who also replaced Flick as Bayern coach, is unemployed.
Nagelsmann was hailed as “an absolute football expert” and had “proven himself at a very young age for a head coach” by DFB sports director Rudi Voeller.
Nagelsmann has hired Sandro Wagner and Benjamin Glueck as his assistants.
Following his stellar stints at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, Nagelsmann was seen as a rising talent.
Nagelsmann was connected to English teams Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in addition to Paris Saint-Germain throughout the summer, when he was regarded as a potential option for many elite club openings.
Voeller led Germany to a 2-1 victory against France in Dortmund on a “one-off” basis, although he said that his primary responsibility was to choose a long-term replacement.
“The beginning” of the team’s trip to Euro 2024, according to Nagelsmann, was the team’s triumph against France.
Germany’s next task is a friendly visit to the United States in October, when they will face Mexico and the United States.