Bayern’s Sacking Of Nagelsmann Linked To Heated Altercation With Mane
Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mane has reportedly been involved in a heated altercation with former coach Julian Nagelsmann over playing time, leading to the coach’s subsequent sacking. According to Bild, Mane confronted Nagelsmann in front of the rest of the squad after only playing eight minutes in the second leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
The incident shocked the dressing room, with Bayern players feeling that Nagelsmann appeared intimidated by Mane. However, the Bavarian giants managed to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the competition with a 2-0 win.
Nagelsmann only lasted two more games before being fired and replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who has already expressed his intention to win all titles this season. Bayern is still in contention in the Bundesliga, the Champions League, and the German Cup.
The club has won only five of their 10 Bundesliga games in 2023, with three draws and two losses, and currently has 52 points after 25 games. This is their weakest league season in 11 years, as they had 51 points at this stage of the season in 2011/12, which was the last time the Munich side were not German champions.
Mane, who joined Bayern Munich from Liverpool, had a bright start to his life in Germany but was sidelined for a lengthy spell due to a leg injury that required surgery. He has since struggled to impress, and Bayern is reportedly growing concerned about his form and fitness. Mane will be hoping to convince Tuchel to play him regularly, starting with a crucial match against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday as Bayern begins life under their new manager.