Hansi Flick and Joachim Low have had many successes during their time working side by side at the German National Team, including the World Cup title in 2014. Ever since Die Mannschaft’s lackluster outing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, though, Low has been walking on thin ice amongst the German fan base, but the DFB has been reluctant to get rid of him. By stark contrast, at the club level, Flick has worked absolute wonders with Bayern Munich and secured another historic treble last season.
It should come as no surprise that Oliver Bierhoff recently said he feels that Flick could 100% replace Low as the Germany manager at some point in the future. In an interview with Sport1 (via Az), Bierhoff said (of Flick). “Do I trust him? Absolutely. Hansi knows the DFB inside out. He has his quality and has always said how he values the association.”
Replacing Low would be a natural evolution for Flick, especially with his familiarity with the DFB having worked as an assistant manager for Die Mannschaft from 2006-2017 alongside Low. It was Bierhoff who signed Flick on to be assistant manager back in 2006, so he knows exactly what the Bayern manager can bring to the table: “I signed Hansi for the national team back then. In all these years he has been a very important factor in the success of this team,” Bierhoff explained.
For now, Low still has to go through all of the proper preparations ahead of this summer’s European Championships. Additionally, his contract with the German National Team runs through 2022. Bierhoff said that while Flick is a more than viable candidate to replace Low, that’s a matter for the future since Low still has a contract to fulfill: “His [Flick’s] performance with FC Bayern last year was really impressive. But neither for us nor for him, this is currently not an issue.”
Germany’s performance at the Euro’s will certainly bare a significant amount of weight as to what will happen with Low, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who feels it isn’t his time to go after the tournament this summer. The only caveat with Flick being in the conversation if Low were to be dismissed after this summer would be that Flick would no longer be able to be Bayern manager, which most Bayern fans wouldn’t want. It’s the DFB’s job to make these difficult decisions, but only time will tell whether or not Low fulfills the remainder of his contract that runs through 2022.