Julian Nagelsmann spoke in an interview about the high workload as a coach of FC Bayern Munich and a possible risk of burnout. He also spoke about his late father.
“I’ve never had that before,” said the 34-year-old in an interview Amazon Prime, asked about a possible overload. He tries to use his free time sensibly and “then really use the day off freely”. After all, he too has the urge “to have the cell phone in hand all the time, to deal with transfers.”
In the recent past there have been several prominent cases of burnout in German football, including Ralf Rangnick and most recently the long-time Gladbach manager Max Eberl. “I also talked to Ralf about it,” revealed Nagelsmann. “You just have to try to control things from the outside in order to keep the risk that comes or breaks out at some point as low as possible.”
He himself once had himself tested for his personal burnout risk: “And then there are test protocols that then spit out a percentage probability that you will eventually get burnout or not. I’m at zero percent there. There really is few people who are at zero percent.”
His conclusion: “I hope the machine is right. But for everyone who has it: I think that’s a terrible feeling.”
Nagelsmann on the deceased father: “It’s a sad moment”
In 2016 Nagelsmann started his first job as a Bundesliga coach in Hoffenheim. His father did not live to see it: He died when Nagelsmann was 20 years old. “In fact, what bothers me the most is that my dad never knew how I became a coach,” he explained. “The fact that he doesn’t notice now that I’ve become a coach or am now with Bayern Munich – those are moments like that.”
At the time, his father advised him against studying sports and pursuing a career in coaching. “Of course, Champions League semi-finals with Leipzig. You go to the stadium and you would wish your dad would sit up there and be happy and proud,” said Nagelsmann. “It’s a sad moment, of course.”