The Munich districts of Schwabing and Bogenhausen are within walking distance of each other. The physical proximity of the apartments of Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, 46, and Thomas Tuchel, 49, was a decisive factor in completing the coaching coup within just three days. Both parties were able to meet for the secret talks at Salihamidzic’s home just a few hours after Salihamidzic’s first call to Tuchel on Tuesday afternoon last week.

The other participants, CEO Oliver Kahn, 53, and Technical Director Marco Neppe, 36, also went unnoticed when they arrived.