There have been a lot of names tossed around as potential candidates to replace Joachim Löw when he officially cedes his position as Germany’s manager.
Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick is among the most popular candidates, of course, but German legend Franz Beckenbauer has an outside-the-box idea on who should take over.
“I definitely trust Lothar (Matthäus) to do the job,” said Beckenbauer to Bild (as captured by Abendzeitung). “He has worldwide experience and has developed a lot.”
Matthäus, the legend-turned-pundit, has not been listed among the candidates, thus far, but with so many quality individuals already out of the running (Jürgen Klopp, Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel) and a couple of others whose status would be questionable at best (Flick, Ralf Rangnick), maybe Matthäus will work his way into consideration.
Flick, of course, is tied to Bayern Munich, who seem very reluctant to let him go, while Rangnick has been linked to the Schalke 04 rebuilding effort.
Beckenbauer has the same doubts Flick’s availability that many others do: “I’m not sure whether Bayern will let him go.”