Germany manager search: Julian Nagelsmann and Oliver Glasner favourites for the job
According to bookmakers and many online sources, Julian Nagelsmann is the current favourite to take over as Germany manager following Hansi Flick’s sacking earlier this week.
The 36-year-old is one of the biggest managerial prospects in world football and has already managed at the top level, managing Bayern Munich for almost two years and also having stints at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.
Despite being under contract to Bayern Munich still, the German giants would not stand in the way of Nagelsmann’s appointment, possibly asking for a friendly between them and Germany to generate the money to release the German manager.
Germany are looking for a blockbuster appointment ahead of EURO 2024, which they are hosting, and are desperate for the right appointment after Flick became the first manager ever to be sacked as Germany manager.
In Flick’s tenure, Germany won just 12 matches out of 25, including a heavy 4-1 loss against Japan in their most recent friendly.
The fans have made their voices known and they would prefer Jurgen Klopp to take the reins.
However, the Liverpool boss would likely say no to the approach as he wants to see out his contract in England, before moving back to Germany in 2026.
Another to rule himself out of contention is caretaker manager Rudi Voller, who managed the national side between 2000 and 2004.
The 63-year-old German icon has said that he is standing in for one match only and will return to his role as national team director afterwards. Austria manager and former Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick also ruled himself out of the running.
Austrian manager Oliver Glasner is a name considered for the job as his reputation for exceeding expectations and guiding teams to Europe interests Germany.
The 49-year-old, most recently with Eintracht Frankfurt, won the Europa League in 2022 and is currently without a club after leaving the German club at the end of last season.
Matthias Sammer is another manager being considered, despite not having a managerial role since 2005.
Sammer is a German icon also and works as an advisor for Borussia Dortmund and managed BVB and Stuttgart in the early 2000s.
Former Bayern Munich and Fulham manager Felix Magath has thrown his hat into the ring and outside choices for the Germany job include former Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and the all-time record goal scorer at the World Cup, Miroslav Klose.
Klose won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, but he would be a left-field pick having had only one managerial job in Austria and spending time as an assistant to Flick at Bayern Munich.
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