Despite what the two have said publicly to reporters and the press, there has been a lingering, underlying speculation between Hansi Flick and Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic at Bayern Munich. It’s no secret that the two have had their disagreements with transfer targets and squad planning, but every time they are asked about potential tensions brewing, they deny those claims and assure that their working relationship is perfectly healthy.
Per a new report from Sport Bild, there are even more suggestions that there’s is rising unrest between the two. It’s obvious that Flick and Salihamidzic had differing personnel opinions in the last two transfer windows and Flick perhaps feels that he doesn’t get as much say as he would like in that regard. Still, though, he says there aren’t any issues with Salihamidzic, who is chiefly responsible for transfer activity and squad planning along with Oliver Kahn and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Since Brazzo has been promoted to Bayern’s executive board, there could certainly be a bit of a hierarchy complex in the sense that Flick could feel outnumbered in certain decisions, like transfer targets. Kahn, Rummenigge and Brazzo might have differing opinions from him, which would essentially veto any decision he would want to make. Not to mention, as honorary club president, even Uli Hoeness could veto any given transfer if the fee was over a certain amount.
There is also added pressure because of Flick’s link with potentially becoming Joachim Low’s successor as the German national team’s next manager. Low will be stepping down after this summer’s European Championships and the DFB has made it clear they will announce his successor prior to the start of the tournament. Last month, Rummenigge had said that he’s made it 100% clear to Flick that they plan on having him fulfill the rest of his contract at Bayern, but he remains a favorite amongst the DFB to replace Low. Flick has responded diplomatically and affirmed he’s fully focused on Bayern for the time being every time he’s ask about Die Mannschaft, but he’s yet to outright say no like Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp did, almost immediately.
Whether Flick actually is interested in becoming the next Germany manager, we might not get a concrete answer, but it’s certainly added pressure amongst Bayern’s front office. Per Sport Bild, Flick, Brazzo, Kahn, and Rummenigge have had meetings between the four of them recently, but even after extensive discussions, they still feel that there hasn’t been a complete resolve to the issues between Flick and Brazzo. It’s gotten to the point where there are periods of little to no communication between the two, per Sport Bild. “Hasan Salihamidzic and Hansi Flick are both pursuing the same goal, and that is the sporting success of FC Bayern,” Herbert Hainer assuredly remarked, but it’s clear that there are still issues that need to be sorted out behind the scenes.