It is no secret that the German national team’s top job is shrouded with uncertainty, with coach Joachim Löw not doing himself any favours. Poor squad planning, a lack of general direction, bad personnel decisions and questionable tactics and substitutions have resulted in the World Cup winning coach falling from the good graces of the fans and some German team legends. It isn’t a stretch to think that the team might be in for more disappointment down the line.
The cracks have been showing for some time now, and the problems have been piling one on top of the other. This culminated in an infamous 6-0 loss to Spain in the Nations League, which gave rise to even more questions, and forced the DFB to take a moment and think long and hard about the future of Die Mannschaft. The exclusions of Müller, Boateng and Hummels, three players who are in better form than any of their national teammates is just one among a myriad of baffling decisions that has resulted in Löw torching the good reputation he worked so hard to build.
The DFB are now looking for possible candidates to take over from Löw (whose tenure seems to be near its end) to rebuild the team into a cohesive unit and bring some much needed direction and tactical astuteness. Several coaches have been brought into discussion in the past, including Jürgen Klopp and Ralf Rangnick. Now, it seems (and rather unsurprisingly) that Bayern coach Hansi Flick is also being considered.
National team director Oliver Bierhoff, when questioned by Sport Bild whether Hansi Flick is a candidate for German NT coach (captured by @iMiaSanMia), had only positive things to say: “I would be crazy to rule that out. Hansi is incredibly valued within the DFB and has already proven his competence here.”
It’s very nice to know that the DFB hold Hansi in such high esteem, but as a Bayern fan, I certainly hope coach Flick stays with Bayern for as long as possible. Coaches like him are not easy to find, and right now he’s irreplaceable. He’s been nothing short of a blessing thus far, and his relationship with the players is just great.
However, there is no saying he won’t be interested, and him coaching Die Mannschaft in the future is a possibility. He knows the squad inside out, and continues to work with many key members of the team on a day-to-day basis: Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, Niklas Süle and Manuel Neuer round up six German NT starters, meaning he’d be perfect for the job.
And I won’t be surprised if he calls back Müller and Hummels when he takes over (even though they’ll be in their late thirties) because this man knows who’s the best in the business.