New Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann already has an eye looking ahead towards next season.
One thing on his to-do list is assembling his coaching staff. He knows the pressures at Bayern and needs to surround himself with people he can trust.
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The German manager has reportedly turned to Spain and identified an old friend he wants to join him. According to ESPN, Nagelsmann is interested in having Alfred Schreuder, Barcelona’s assistant coach, to join his staff.
Schreuder joined Barcelona this season as Ronald Koeman’s No. 2 and has been an important part in changing the team’s success compared to how they were playing at the start of the season.
Bayern Munich’s gain would be Barcelona’s loss.
Should the move materialize, it would be a significant blow to Barcelona and Koeman himself.
Schreuder is apparently well liked by the Barcelona players, especially with Frenkie de Jong as the duo worked together at Ajax.
It is a stark contrast to Quique Setien and his assistant, Eder Sarabia, as there were more than a couple of reports that the players weren’t too enamored with him due to some of his reactions on the sidelines.
ESPN reached out to Schreuder who had no comment other than stating he was very happy at Barcelona.
He and Nagelsmann previously worked together at Hoffenheim before he went to Ajax so there is some history between the two.
Koeman’s status as manager is not entirely safe so losing Schreuder could be a blow not only for the club but for Koeman’s position as well.
If Bayern Munich do manage to pry Schreuder away, the name that should be on the list to replace him is Garcia Pimienta. The Barça B manager has done an excellent job with the academy players and is more than ready for a role with the first team.