When the speculation began to mount that Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick could possibly leave Säbener Straße to succeed Joachim Löw as the Bundestrainer, some observers pointed to the occasionally rocky relationship that Flick has had with the front office — especially as it pertains to personnel matters.
While Bayern Munich has a strong core of front office types that meet to discuss — and sometimes debate — personnel moves, one underlying theme that has come to the forefront of all roster decisions since last summer is that Flick would like to have more input on the players that he will coach.
Naturally, when rumors of such disagreements exist, many speculated that there is an issue between Flick and front office — specifically, sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic.
At his press conference today, Flick addressed those rumors directly as some members of the media have speculated that such differences of opinion could cause Flick to see out a new challenge with the DFB.
“In a marriage and partnership there are always disagreements. We are both employed here and have to make the decisions for the good of the club,” Flick said (as captured by Tz). “Brazzo and I try to shape things, so that we can both get involved. It’s a completely normal collaboration, in which there is not always agreement. But I don’t see anything that could interfere with our collaboration.”
As far as Flick being interested in the Bundestrainer job, he addressed that as well (as we captured earlier today). Flick found out before the news was officially announced and was shocked to hear that Löw was stepping down.
“Jogi called me the day before, he wanted to tell me that he had decided to take this step,” Flick said. “I was surprised. He had the most successful era as a national coach and can therefore be proud.”