Hansi Flick: Bayern Munich boss who could leave

Hansi Flick led Bayern to their second treble last season, winning the Bundesliga, German Cup and UEFA Champions League

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Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich are five points clear at the top of the Bundesliga

It was arguably the most intense head-to-head in German football in recent weeks. It did not take place on any pitch but behind closed doors at Bayern Munich.

In one corner was Hansi Flick, the Champions League-winning head coach. In the other was Hasan Salihamidzic, sports director and operator of the Bayern hierarchy.

Those unfamiliar with the inner workings of the club might assume that all is happiness at Bayern, given the team’s success. Instead, there is an ongoing power battle.

And, with all eyes on Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris St-Germain, with Bayern going to France behind 3-2, the end result could be a split between the club and its much-announced trainer.

“Last year’s team was better”

Hasan Salihamidzic (left) made more than 200 appearances for Bayern Munich between 1998 and 2007

The main arguments relate to recent transfer activities. Flick was frustrated that Thiago left the club last summer and also objected to Bayern management’s decisions to end negotiations with David Alaba over a contract extension and let Jerome Boateng’s contract expire this summer. .

“Let me put it this way: I’ve been the head coach for a year and a half here. We had a team last year that was better than this year in terms of quality, everyone knows that, ”said Flick. Salihamidzic made a few last-minute signings in October in an attempt to fill some of the squad’s holes. However, Bouna Sarr, Marc Roca and Douglas Costa, three of the rookies, have barely played so far.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, the fourth signing in October, was pushed into action against Paris St-Germain in the Champions League quarter-final first leg last week with a knee injury forcing the absence of star striker Robert Lewandowski. Choupo-Moting is more comfortable in a deeper role, and even though the substitute scored, Flick was always left to think about what could have been with a top-tier number nine in his offense.

The head coach, however, tried to stay positive. “We have every chance of reaching the semi-finals if we play more efficiently,” he said. I have a lot of fun with my coaching team. We are focused. You can see, looking at the team, the excitement, the intensity, the mentality with which they are playing their games. ”

Flick wants to be in charge

Hansi Flick led Bayern to their second treble last season, winning the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League

Flick wants to get through the next few weeks without much fuss, but Tuesday’s second leg against PSG could make or break the season.

“I’m trying to solve all of this, to work together for the benefit of the club,” he said. “And everything else that comes in the form of ‘stalking fire’, it doesn’t come from me.

While Bayern will likely win the Bundesliga again, as they are five points ahead of second-placed RB Leipzig, going out to the Champions League quarter-finals would be seen as a failure. And Flick and Salihamidzic would probably blame each other.

Flick ended up feeling that despite a change of course for a club that struggled a lot under their predecessor, Niko Kovac, and won the Champions League, he was never fully in charge.

He’s a coach – not a manager who can make decisions in the transfer market.

As a result, he could close this chapter of his career quite abruptly. If he did, it wouldn’t be the first time he’d quit once he realizes how too dependent he is on the goodwill of others.

After being assistant to the German national team under Joachim Low between 2006 and 2014 and working as a sporting director of the German Football Association, he joined Hoffenheim as general manager. But Flick quit work after just eight months.

“It has become clear that there are different ideas about the role and responsibilities of Hansi Flick,” said Hoffenheim funder Dietmar Hopp at the time. It sounds too familiar. Flick has to be careful not to earn a reputation for quitting when things don’t go as planned.

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But, as of now, he is considered one of the most motivated men in German football. When Low recently announced he would step down after the European Championship, rumors made Flick the perfect successor.

He did not immediately deny these rumors. And people who know the 56-year-old well agree in unison that his dream job is to coach the national team.

At first, the idea that Flick could leave Bayern, a team that adores him and is capable of winning at least one more Champions League title, seemed absurd. But with all not well at his club, and the possibility of a call from his country, Flick just needs to be prepared to say goodbye to Bayern.

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