Nagelsmann Leads Pack in Hunt for Chelsea Job

Nagelsmann Leads Pack in Hunt for Chelsea Job
coach Julian NAGELSMANN (M) in the BayArena Soccer 1st Bundesliga, 25th matchday, Bayer 04 Leverkusen (LEV) - FC Bayern Munich (M), on March 19th, 2023 in Leverkusen/ Germany. #DFL regulations prohibit any use of photographs as image sequences and/or quasi-video # - Photo by Icon sport

Recently fired Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann is reported to be the favorite for the Chelsea managerial role ahead of next season.

After a positive first round of contract negotiations, Nagelsmann is rumored to be ahead of other candidates as things stand.

The German was dismissed from his position at the Allianz Arena within just a couple of weeks prior to Graham Potter’s dismissal by Chelsea.

Since losing his job at the German champions he has emerged as an obvious frontrunner for the position in West London.

Nagelsmann Yet To Confirm Chelsea Interest

The 35-year-old is not anticipated to make a final decision until the summer, when Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur could face competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid for  his signature.

It is believed that Nagelsmann conferred with Chelsea directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart of the West London club most recently.

Nagelsmann was invited to present his managerial ideas to Chelsea’s leaders, and according to The Guardian newspaper, the German left Winstanley and Stewart impressed after their meeting.


Club co-owner Behdad Eghbali is rumored to have approved the appointment of Julian Nagelsmann, but Chelsea are just beginning their recruitment process and will not make a decision for some time.

However, the out of work coach is presently the top candidate on Chelsea’s shortlist of candidates for a new manager, which has been narrowed down to a handful of coaches over the past few days.

Chelsea Also Intend to Interview Other Managers

In addition to speaking with Nagelsmann, Chelsea have apparently spoken with Sporting Lisbon head coach Ruben Amorim, although the 38-year-old is not considered a leading candidate for the position.

Luis Enrique, the former manager of Spain and Barcelona, has also been contacted, according to a report. However, the 52-year-old reportedly made a number of demands during the discussion, and Chelsea have doubts about employing him.


Moreover, former Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is still in the running to replace Thomas Tuchel after Chelsea recruited Potter last year.
Nagelsmann made waves with Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig before being recruited by Bayern in 2021. In his first season, he led the Bavarians to their 10th consecutive Bundesliga championship.

In his 84 matches in command of Bayern, the 35-year-old earned 60 victories, 14 draws, and 10 losses. This week, Bayern were eliminated from the Champions League by Manchester City, 4-1 on aggregate.

Chelsea, who rehired Frank Lampard until the end of the season in the aftermath of Potter’s dismissal, also saw their European hopes snuffed out by Real Madrid, losing 4-0 over two legs.

Since his return to Stamford Bridge, Lampard has presided over four consecutive losses, leading to rumors that the 44-year-old may not even see out the remainder of his short-term contract back at the club he played for.

It is believed that Chelsea have no plans to fire Lampard, who is presently preparing his 11th-placed team for their West London derby against Brentford on Wednesday.

In the run in to the end of the season, Lampard’s side will also face tough games against Man United, Arsenal and Man City where they will have to show some progress if they are not to fall further down the Premier League standings.


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