Former Bayern Munich chairman Uli Hoeness has revealed that he had tried to bring Julian Nagelsmann to the Bundesliga side a few years ago as a youth team coach. Effenheim refused to let the young coach join the Bavarian club at the time, Sport1 reported on Wednesday.
Nagelsmann started at Hoffenheim in February 2016 aged just 28, becoming the youngest coach in Bundesliga history. He knew that Yulian was a good fit for the Southern Tigers youth team. But his efforts were unsuccessful.
‘A couple of years ago I was sitting in my office with Julian, at that time he agreed to work with us as a youth coach. But then he said ‘Mr Hoeness, I have a problem, you have to call Mr (Dietmar) Hopp because I still have a one-year contract with Hoffenheim’.
‘I called Dietmar Hopps in front of Julian and he said ‘Uly, you can’t do that! He should be our head coach in the Bundesliga.’ Julian then said he could not do. That to Dietmar and go to Bayern,’ Joerness reveal.
Ultimately, however, Hoeness saw Nagelsmann sign with Bayern Munich as Bayern Munich coach after Hansi Flick last summer.
‘I trust Julian a lot as a coach. He has a path to success behind him. The fact that he thought out of the box at such a young age was very impressive. He always said the right thing even on difficult topics. I’m very please we have him, Julian, worth every euro.’