Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is not fazed by the noise circulating around manager Hansi Flick. Sure, Rummenigge has heard the rumors about the DFB being in hot pursuit of Flick — and even those whispers that the 56-year-old head coach might want to accept a position with DFB as well.
To Rummenigge, though, a manager simply does not leave Bayern Munich if things are going well. In fact, Rummenigge thinks it needs to sure up some of its own in-house problems before honing in on a replacement for Joachim Löw.
“Everyone is worried about the things that are happening (at the German FA),” Rummenigge said to The Athletic. “They’re so busy politicking that not enough effort is being made to address some huge structural problems, such as problems in youth development and the coaching of coaches. What’s missing is a professional structure, with important figures from the Bundesliga on board. I’d advise (the German FA) to close ranks and get back on the right path as soon as possible. But they’ll have to plan without Hansi. My experience tells me that coaches who work well at Bayern must be looked after and kept on for the long term.”
Rummenigge is a big fan of Flick, his strategies, and his ability to build relationships with his players. More, Flick reminds Rummenigge of another successful Bayern Munich manager.
“Hansi has the same philosophy and same empathy as Jupp (Heynckes). I said to him, ‘You could be Jupp’s brother or his son. Take your pick’,” said Rummenigge.
That is some major praise for anyone — especially coming from Rummenigge.