Earlier this week, Oliver Bierhoff had told Sport Bild that he “would be crazy” if excluded the possibility of Hansi Flick becoming manager of the German national team at some point in the near future. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge did not take too kindly to the comments made by Bierhoff in that interview regarding Flick, and he voiced his frustration in a recent interview with Sport1.
When he was asked about Flick’s future at Bayern Munich, particularly whether or not he will still be in charge next season, Rummenigge affirmed that it’s not even in question: “One hundred percent. He had his best and most successful time as a player at FC Bayern. That will also apply to his time as a coach.”
Rummenigge has been vociferous in the past about his disagreements and grievances with Bierhoff and other members of the DFB, but speaking about Flick being in line for the manager’s role in the near future to succeed Joachim Low really struck a nerve with Rummenigge. There’s no disguising the turmoil the DFB has gone through in recent years, especially in the fallout of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but Rummenigge was especially critical of Bierhoff, saying that he feels the national team director is trying to make himself out to be a savior for the DFB. “I have to say honestly: At the moment, Oliver Bierhoff is pretending to be the great modernizer at the DFB. But everything that he has criticized in his interviews bears the name Oliver Bierhoff.”
Additionally, even though Rummenigge has criticized Low in the past for some of his personnel decisions for Die Mannschaft, he said that Bierhoff’s remarks are a disservice to Low, since he is still manager of the German National Team, albeit not a popular one.
“I think it is disloyal to the current national coach, Joachim Löw, to publicly set up planning games for the future as a coach,” Rummenigge urged.
Realizing that Flick always has his own choices to make, it’s a real possibility that he may want to coach the National Team at some point in the future. At the same time, Rummenigge reiterated the fact that Flick has a contract at FC Bayern to fulfill, which runs through 2023.
“I’ve always said that the coach is the most important employee and that we have a contractual agreement that is well known. So that’s not an issue at all. We will not solve the problems of the DFB. And to be honest: If I were a coach and switched from FC Bayern to the DFB as an employer, it would just make me smile,” Rummenigge elucidated.