It’s now been over a week since Bayern Munich clinched the domestic double. In addition to bidding farewell to Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, and Rafinha, the club also announced that assistant manager Peter Hermann would be leaving. Hermann will assume a role as technical director for FC Nürnberg, leaving behind an important assistant manager’s role at Bayern Munich. Former Die Mannschaft assistant manager Hans-Dieter Flick, who accompanied Jogi Löw from 2006 to 2014, is rumored to be one of the front-runners to take the vacant position.
Per a report captured by tz, Niko Kovac will soon decide whether wants Flick to be his assistant manager alongside his brother, Robert Kovac. Süddeutsche Zeitung has reported that the two have already been in contact with one another, but it’s not yet specified when Kovac may make his decision. Ideally, Kovac will make the decision before Bayern’s preseason program in the United States begins, so that Flick would have a full preseason with the team before the 2019/2020 campaign begins.
BFW Analysis: Would Flick be a good fit?
For what it’s worth, Flick might be the best available option for Bayern to succeed Hermann. As we reported earlier when it was first understood that Bayern were considering Flick, he has a decent pedigree in the Bundesliga in addition to his long tenure alongside Jogi Löw with the German National Team. In addition to his tenure with Löw and Die Mannschaft, Flick managed TSG Hoffenheim from 2000 to 2005 and served as their managing director from 2017 to 2018.
Flick was also a Bayern midfielder for 5 years during his playing career from 1985-1990, so he’ll be somewhat familiar with how the club is run and the values that are most important to the club’s integrity. Having some Bayern DNA is often a prerequisite for any position at Bayern. In this regard, Flick fits the billing perfectly.