It was confirmed by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge during Bayern Munich’s DFB-Pokal celebration party in Berlin that assistant manager Peter Hermann would be leaving the club (via FCBayern.com). “Peter Hermann also contested his last match today. Let’s not forget to celebrate him tonight,” Rummenigge said during his congratulatory speech as players, coaches, staff members, and their friends and families celebrated another piece of silverware for Bayern.
In addition to Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben, and Rafinha, Hermann leaves the club with a well decorated résumé, having won three Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokals, and a Champions League title during his time with Bayern. Hermann was first assistant manager to Jupp Heynckes from 2011 to 2013 before leaving for brief stints as assistant manager of Schalke and Hamburg.
Hermann was also assistant manager at Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2015 and was the interim manager for two months after Frank Kramer was sacked in November 2015. Marc Kurz was hired in December, taking over for Hermann. It was then Jupp Heynckes who convinced Hermann to be his assistant at Bayern last season after Heynckes was brought in to replace Carlo Ancelotti. Hermann promised his family he would retire from football last summer, but Niko Kovac wanted to keep him as his assistant for his first season in charge of the club.
Kovac tried in fact to convince Hermann to stay for at least another season, but the Croatian was unsuccessful. It’s been reported that Hermann ultimately chose to accept a role as technical director at FC Nürnberg, where he was assistant manager from 2008 to 2009. It will be a new challenge for the 67-year-old to lift Nürnberg’s fortunes after they finished dead last in the Bundesliga, being relegated to the 2. Liga just one season after earning promotion to the top flight.
Bayern are already potentially looking at bringing in one of Joachim Löw’s former assistant managers from the German National Team, Hans-Dieter Flick to replace Hermann, but nothing is set in stone just yet. Flick was Löw’s assistant from 2006 to 2014 and became the DFB’s sporting director after the 2014 World Cup win. Flick was also a Bayern midfielder for 5 years during his playing career from 1985-1990.
Whoever ultimately supersedes Hermann, they have large boots to fill. He’s been a successful right-hand man for both Heynckes and Kovac, helping guide the club to numerous successes, and that’s what’s expected at Bayern.
Danke fur alles, Peter!