There still isn’t 100% clarity as to what the near future holds for Bayern Munich’s Hansi Flick. Will he stay beyond this season and fulfill the rest of his contract with the club, or will he be too eager to replace Joachim Low as the German national team manager after this summer’s European Championship. There have been mixed signals from in and around Bayern and from Flick himself since he hasn’t come out and concretely said ‘no’ to the Die Mannschaft job.
Lothar Matthäus had recently come out and said he strongly believes that RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann will be replacing Flick this summer, which his former teammate Stefan Effenberg did not take too kindly to speaking to Sport1 (via Daily Mail). Of course, we know that there haven’t been any direct talks between Bayern and Nagelsmann, rather the topic of potentially managing Bayern only came up when Dayot Upamecano’s transfer was being negotiated between Bayern and the agency that represents both Upamecano and Nagelsmann, Sports360 GmbH. “A few experts get information from their favorite partners and give it to the public. From the outside, speculation is ignited that is so far away that I can only shake my head. That is not appropriate,” Effenberg argued.
He went on to say that he fully believes Nagelsmann when he said himself that there hasn’t been any discussions over a potential managerial job at FC Bayern to replace Flick. He feels everything lately has just been media speculation to spark interest. “When Julian Nagelsmann says that nobody has spoken to him or his advisor, neither in the past nor currently, then I believe Nagelsmann 100 percent. That was a clear answer from him. The job of some who move on television is apparently to ignite and ignite this speculation. This is a very deep boulevard,” he explained.
Effenberg also took the opportunity to fully back Flick and empathize with the amount of unnecessary stress he’s endured as a result of the links to the Germany job. Not to mention, said distractions have come on top of a laundry list of injuries at Bayern as the season cranks in to the final stretch. Effenberg didn’t hold back in using the example of Flick to be critical of the press and the way they handle certain information from their sources.
“The coaches are put under so much pressure that it is no longer okay. That has nothing to do with proper journalism. We can always have controversial discussions, but you don’t throw something into the room that someone else does. If I have heard something or have a conversation with someone who gives me information, then I will still not pass it on. Because that person has to trust me,” Effenberg ranted.