Sadio Mane and Julian Nagelsmann had angry ‘dressing room bust-up’ in front of team-mates

The fallout from Julian Nagelsmann’s sacking continues, with claims suggesting that the ex-Bayern Munich manager had a bust-up with Sadio Mane before receiving his marching orders

Sadio Mane and Julian Nagelsmann's time together ended sourly, reports claim
Sadio Mane and Julian Nagelsmann’s time together ended sourly, reports claim

Julian Nagelsmann was on the end of a furious tirade from Sadio Mane in front of the whole Bayern Munich dressing room before being sacked, it’s alleged.

Reports from Germany state that the former Liverpool hero lost his temper with Nagelsmann after waiting until the 82nd minute to feature in Bayern’s recent 2-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Having signed from Liverpool for £35million in June, Mane has spent much of his first season in Munich sidelined through injury but was fit and available for the round-of-16 clash.

To his frustration, the Senegalese forward received just 13 minutes of game-time to help Bayern see-off PSG in the second leg and book a quarter-final clash with Manchester City. Nagelsmann will no longer be in charge, though, having been dismissed by Allianz Arena chiefs last week.

It’s a hotly-debated decision which has prompted a huge wave of fallout in Bavaria, including claims of a bust-up with Mane. According to German tabloid Bild, as other Bayern players and staff celebrated their triumph, the 30-year-old star furiously complained at Nagelsmann for not bringing him on earlier in the win.

It’s said that this caused the German coach to feel intimidated, as the situation threatened to escalate. Mane’s alleged behaviour contrasts his usual humble persona, rarely displaying negative emotions and often considered a delight to have in the squad.

The report is also at odds with how Bayern team-mates Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka assessed Nagelsmann’s time in charge and his surprise departure heading into the most important part of the campaign. “We won only five games out of our last 10. But I can say that he didn’t lose the dressing room,” Kimmich affirmed to TZ, via Goal.

Julian Nagelsmann and Sadio Mane failed to see eye to eye at Bayern Munich
Julian Nagelsmann and Sadio Mane failed to see eye to eye at Bayern Munich

“I’ve already been through a few coaching changes – there was nothing to indicate internally that he lost the dressing room or that players are unhappy. We all were surprised.”

Meanwhile, Goretzka also revealed that he felt shocked, saying: “I would be lying if I said the last few days hadn’t affected me. It was extremely difficult. We’ve had a very close relationship with Julian. I probably saw him more than my family. It was a shock!”

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