Former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann is closing in on Tottenham job after he pulled out of Chelsea race.
The German tactician was primed by Chelsea hierachy, led by Todd Boehly, to take over the managerial role at Chelsea when Frank Lampard’s interim spell ends at the end of this season.
Other high-profile managers were also lined up for the job.
Former Barcelona manager and Spanish football veteran Luis Enrique was on the line for the job.
Former Tottenham and PSG manager, Mauricio Pochettino, also made Todd Boehly’s list of Graham Potter’s possible successors.
Roma’s Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti, and former Tottenham boss Antonio Conte were also prospects for the job.
Nevertheless, Julian Nagelsmann was reportedly closer to brokering a deal with Chelsea hierachy than others.
Todd Boehly and Chelsea hierachy reported held a face-to-face meeting with Nagelsmann with the former RB Leipzig manager reportedly fancied by Todd Boehly for the role due to his exceptional brilliance, creativity, and pedigree.
Chelsea also held talks with Luis Enrique but it has been confirmed the Spaniard is now out of the list of the Blues’ possible next manager.
We understand Luis Enrique was eager to immediately take over as new manager and oversee the Champions League clash against Real Madrid after talks with Chelsea hierachy but was disappointed when Frank Lampard was appointed interim manager.
Now, Fabrizio Romano has confirmed Julian Nagelsmann has pulled out of the race.
He has reportedly informed Chelsea hierachy that he is no longer interested in the job.
Why Julian Nagelsmann decided to pull out of the race for the Chelsea job is not far-fetched. According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea wanted to take their time to assess and explore all possible options before appointing a new manager.
Sources close to the club revealed Chelsea are not in a haste to appoint a new manager with Frank Lampard currently incharge on interim basis.
Julian Nagelsmann was reportedly unfazed by Chelsea’s indecision after a round of talks and negotiations.
Unlike his rival, Luis Enrique, Julian Nagelsmann did not want an immediate take over as manager but wanted a deal in place before he assumed the reins as new manager at the end of the season – a demand Chelsea were not ready to settle with hence the collapse of talks between the two parties.
Most of what transpired between Chelsea and Julian Nagelsmann was left on the armbits of pundits and third parties.
Now, the former Bayern Munich manager has broken his silence on why he bowed out of the race to become Chelsea’s next manager.
Putting it succinctly when asked why the talks collapsed on Sky Sports DE, Julian Nagelsmann said;
“To cancel something, you have to commit for something.”
Julian Nagelsmann’s statement confirmed the collapsed talks but points out the 35-year-old may be chasing another greener pasture elsewhere.
According to reports, the German tactician is closing in on Tottenham job with Daniel Levy reportedly interested in having him replace former manager Antonio Conte.
talkSPORTS reports Daniel Levy had sounded Julian Nagelsmann camp for the job offer after Conte’s departure and has described the former Bayern boss as one the best managers in Europe.
Julian Nagelsmann was sacked during the last international break after a crisis meeting with Bayern Munich hierachy.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino has been the only top name remaining on Chelsea managerial shortlist for now with Burnley manager and former Manchester City player Vincent Kompany also said to be primed by Chelsea hierachy for the job.