Is Bayern’s Secret Clause Why They Won’t Sack Nagelsmann?

Current Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann

German giants Bayern Munich have had a tough start to the new campaign, culminating in a 1-0 loss away to Augsburg on the weekend, a result that leaves them without a win in their last four Bundesliga games. Despite manager Julian Nagelsmann being publicly backed by the club’s hierarchy, problems certainly exist in Bavaria with it recently being revealed that Bayern have a secret sack clause in Nagelsmann’s contract.

German publication Bild recently disclosed a clause in Julian Nagelsmann’s contract at Bayern Munich that deals with compensation packages should the German coach be sacked.

Bild reports that sacking the former RB Leipzig boss earlier into his contract will result in the Bavarian club having to pay a greater fee in compensation, with the exact figure being open for negotiation between the two parties. However, after the second year of his reign (the end of this season), which marks the halfway point of his contract, Bayern will only have to pay fixed amounts in the case of retrenchment. Furthermore, the amount decreases each year as the contract moves closer to its expiration date.

The key factor for Bayern in terms of finance is that the compensation fee can be negotiated should Nagelsmann be sacked before the end of the current campaign. Given that they already paid €25million to appoint Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig, a world-record transfer for a manager, Die Roten are likely to keep the 35-year-old coach until the conclusion of this season. All in the name of penny pinching.

However, given that Thomas Tuchel is among the managers without a job, Bayern may opt to pay the compensation package to Nagelsmann in order to appoint the ex-Chelsea boss before he is snapped up by another of Europe’s elite clubs.