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Bayern Munich in no rush to sign Hansi Flick to a permanent contract — no room for slip-ups, says Kahn

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Bayern wants to make sure Flick is the right man for the long-term future, and Flick is absolutely fine with waiting.

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There’s a general consensus among Bayern Munich fans that the club should offer Hansi Flick a contract as soon as possible given the way he currently has this side playing across all fronts. The club’s front office, however, wants to wait until at least the end of April to decide whether they will offer Flick the long-term job. This will be after important matches in both the Bundesliga and knockout stages of the Champions League (leg 2 vs. Chelsea and their next opponent if/when they advance).

The understanding is that Bayern’s front office wants to wait and see how Bayern does in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, assuming Flick does not let their 3-0 aggregate lead against Chelsea slip. Bayern also wants to see where they are in the Bundesliga at that point in time. That wait would give Flick and the front office time to figure out the overall composition of his potential coaching staff, squad planning, and salary specifics.

Despite external discussion about Flick’s future, he remains relaxed about the whole situation (AZ):

It’s not the case that we never see each other and never talk with each other, and I’m absolutely happy with the way things are.

The coming weeks, maybe even months will show [when things become more specific]. I’m currently at Bayern Munich. That is who I’m talking to. We have agreed on things that remain valid. Everything else is irrelevant to me.

Flick has received offers from other clubs, including from the Premier League, but he dismissed the idea of accepting an offer outside of Bayern. He said that he enjoys managing this Bayern team, adding “You see it in the results and in the way [they play]. That’s impressive.”


Oliver Kahn: “We can’t afford any slip-ups”

While Bayern has been in flying form in recent weeks under Flick, they face a crucial period of the season in the coming weeks across all competitions. Given how tight the title race is in the Bundesliga, Oliver Kahn warned that there’s no room for complacency in Bayern’s magazine 51 (via AZ):

We cannot permit ourselves any slip-ups in the Bundesliga, if we’re going to win the championship for the eighth consecutive time. The title race this year is so tight that our team hardly has any opportunity to downshift.

From here on out, Kahn says, every match is decisive, but that is helping Bayern push on:

We have to keep our level high, because every match is decisive. But I think precisely that gives us a major advantage for our goals. And that is why I’m confident that we will go very far in the Champions League.