The question has been imagined after Bayern Munich was knocked out of the Champions League on away goal (3-3 aggregate) by Paris Saint-Germain: was that Hansi Flick’s last Champions League match as Bayern manager? Ever since Joachim Low announced he would be stepping down from his post as German National team manager after this summer’s European Championship, Flick’s name has been mentioned as a top candidate to replace him. Unlike Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, he’s yet to outright say ‘no’ to potentially becoming the next Die Mannschaft manager and rumors suggest he wants to replace Low and that Bayern would want to replace Flick with RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann.
Per the latest edition of Sport Bild, it’s understood that there haven’t been any concrete talks between Bayern and Nagelsmann as of yet, despite suggestions that there had been. Instead, there have only been discussions between representatives from Bayern and Sports360 GMBH, which is the agency that represents both Nagelsmann and Dayot Upamecano. They also represent Niklas Sule, Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara, and Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, among others. Apparently, these discussions about Nagelsmann’s future took place during the negotiations for Upamecano, who will now be joining Bayern this summer. Flick was not happy that those discussions had taken place and in a recent press conference, he’d said, “now it’s speculated that I will be the national team coach or that Brazzo spoke to Julian Nagelsmann.”
Bayern didn't hold direct talks with Julian Nagelsmann, however as the manager is represented by the same agency as Dayot Upamecano, the parties spoke about the situation of Nagelsmann and how he sees his future during the negotiations for Upamecano [Bild] pic.twitter.com/8Pxc5RjeuF— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 14, 2021
Regarding Nagelsmann potentially becoming the next manager of FC Bayern, there are some differing opinions at the club. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is convinced of his strong qualities and feels that he is ready to be a Bayern manager. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, on the other hand, is not quite convinced and doesn’t feel that he’s ready yet to manager Bayern.
For Flick, while he still hasn’t come out and concretely said no to the Germany job, it’s clear that he was irritated that the discussions with the agency that represents Nagelsmann. He probably feels that it adds to unnecessary and unwarranted speculation that could distract his players from the task at hand. This, on top of the suggestions that there’s rising tensions between Flick and Salihamidzic certainly hasn’t helped make matters any better for the time being.