Three reasons why Hansi Flick will be the next Germany coach
Hansi Flick revealed that he is set to leave his managerial post at Bayern Munich at season’s end, with immediate links being drawn to the Germany job.
Joachim Low will step away from the national team after 15 years in the job at the conclusion of this summer’s European Championships.
Flick has won everything there is to be won at Bayern after just less than two years in the job, and admitted after the announcement that Die Mannschaft is “an option” for him. Here’s why it would make complete sense.
Hansi Flick has worked with the national team before
Flick was the assistant manager for Germany from the beginning of Low’s reign until after the 2014 World Cup success, from where he moved to a Sporting Director role within the national team set up.
This was a richly successful period for the Germans, reaching semi-finals in four successive major tournaments including the Euro 2008 final and of course, the triumph at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
With experience both on the touchline and in a broader role overseeing the program, Flick would bring knowledge and acumen to the senior coaching role that would allow the side to pick up straight away from Low’s time with the team.
His success speaks for itself
Since November 2019, Flick has been arguably the best coach in European football, taking a Bayern team said to be in tatters to the very top of the game again.
The 56-year-old took over from Niko Kovac after a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, with the Bavarians sitting in fourth on the Bundesliga table.
Flick’s first Bundesliga game in charge was an emphatic 4-0 Der Klassiker win over Borussia Dortmund and Bayern would win 29 of their final 30 games in an unbeaten stretch beginning in December.
Bayern ended up winning the league by 13 points and lifted the Champions League title which was followed by the Club World Cup in February. Die Roten currently lead the Bundesliga by seven points from RB Leipzig.
Flick has worked with a lot of the squad already
Being manager of Bayern Munich, it goes relatively hand in hand that the bulk of your native stars would represent Germany.
Seven of the 26-man squad named in the last international break in March were Bayern players, including teenager Jamal Musiala who made his debut.
The 18-year-old has been nurtured and promoted into the first team by Flick, scoring six Bundesliga goals this season, with an additional strike in the Champions League.
Flick has also got the best out of Serge Gnabry during his time at the club. The former Arsenal man has become a mainstay in both the Bayern and Germany teams, with 33 goals and 16 assists in all club competitions since the beginning of last season.
Not only for Flick’s ability to transition into the role, this would be important for the players to play under a coach that they know and have a relationship with.
With the Euros being postponed, there will only be 12 months between the conclusion of that competition and next year’s World Cup, and Flick would be able to integrate quickly and affectively to try to banish Germany’s demons from Russia 2018.