Harry Kane 'was overruled by Bayern Munich chiefs' with striker keen for Thomas Tuchel to stay before sacking

Harry Kane 'was overruled by Bayern Munich chiefs' with striker keen for Thomas Tuchel to stay before sacking

WATCH NOW: Sports round-up as Bayern Munich decide to sack Thomas Tuchel

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 21/02/2024

- 10:43

Updated: 21/02/2024

- 11:31

The striker was signed by the German coach back in the summer transfer window

Harry Kane reportedly wanted Thomas Tuchel to remain at Bayern Munich prior to the club's decision to sack the 50-year-old.

The Bundesliga giants have endured a difficult campaign so far, with rivals Bayer Leverkusen currently eight points ahead of them at the top of the table.

Bayern's hopes of winning the Champions League are also hanging by a thread, too, following a 1-0 defeat to Lazio last week.

Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen has revealed the news of Tuchel's sacking, telling the club's official website: "In an open, good conversation we came to the decision to mutually end our collaboration in the summer.

Thomas Tuchel Harry Kane Bayern Munich

Harry Kane wanted Thomas Tuchel to stay at Bayern Munich before the Bundesliga giants wielded the axe


"Our goal is to carry out a sporting realignment with a new coach for the 2024-25 season.

"Until then, every individual in the club is expressly challenged to achieve the maximum possible in the Champions League and the Bundesliga.

"I also explicitly hold the team responsible.

"Especially in the Champions League, we are convinced that after the 0-1 defeat in the first leg at Lazio Rome, we will advance to the quarter-finals in the second leg in our fully occupied Allianz Arena with our fans behind us."

Tuchel himself added: "We have agreed that we will end our collaboration after this season.

"Until then, I and my coaching team will of course continue to do everything we can to ensure maximum success."

Yet BILD say Kane actually wanted Tuchel to stay in the dugout before news of his departure in the summer broke.

It's claimed he was at the centre of a dressing room split but was backed by the likes of Eric Dier and Leroy Sane, as well as four other stars.

Yet others such as Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka were apparently part of an anti-Tuchel camp, which also consisted of six players.

Kane and his allies have been ignored, however, with Bayern and Tuchel parting ways after less than 18 months together.

Tuchel was only appointed as Bayern manager in March last year.

He was given the job of improving the European titans following mixed results under predecessor Julian Nagelsmann, who has since been given the role of Germany coach.

But while Tuchel guided Bayern to Bundesliga glory, he's constantly made enemies during his time at the Allianz Arena.

The 50-year-old's combative nature has displeased both players and board members alike, even if he remains one of the best managers in world football.

And it'll now be interesting to see where both Bayern and Tuchel go from here.


Harry Kane

Bayern Munich have overruled Harry Kane with their blockbuster decision to sack Thomas Tuchel


Bayern will look for a new manager amid big admiration for Xabi Alonso, who has guided Leverkusen to the verge of a first-ever Bundesliga triumph.

Hansi Flick, Zinedine Zidane and former Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all been linked as well.

Yet Tuchel is likely to spend some time reflecting and recharging the batteries ahead of his new role in football.

Former United star Steve Bruce, meanwhile, thinks Tuchel will be 'fine' and has backed him to achieve success in the future 'wherever he goes'.

Speaking to OLBG, he said: "Thomas Tuchel would be a good fit wherever he goes and I think it was a bit harsh that he ever lost his job with Chelsea in the first place.

Xabi Alonso

Bayern Munich could turn to Xabi Alonso in the wake of their decision to relieve Thomas Tuchel of his duties


"If you're the manager of Bayern Munich now, you cannot be losing three games in a row, that's the problem.

"It doesn't matter who the manager is, which underlines the problem that I've been talking about. Okay, they've had a bad two weeks in Europe and domestically, and the manager will come under pressure.

"He will be fine, that is for sure."

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