Bayern Munich’s hard fought three points away to VfL Wolfsburg with their 3-2 win was quickly subdued by the news after the final whistle that Hansi Flick would be terminating his contract with the club at the end of the season. Presumably, this frees him up to replace Joachim Low on the German National team after this summer’s European Championships, but that has not been officially confirmed yet. It’s hard to argue that this decision wasn’t foreseen by a lot of Bayern fans, but it certainly doesn’t make the news any easier to accept after everything Flick has accomplished at the club in such a short window.
Per a new report from Sport1, some details have emerged as far as Flick’s ultimate decision. Per the report, Flick informed both Oliver Kahn and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that he was planning on leaving in a meeting on Thursday. His final decision was made after Bayern was knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain on away goals and he informed Kahn and Rummenigge of his decision the following day in a meeting between the three of them. Rummenigge was the only one who “vehemently” opposed Flick’s decision, while Kahn had more of a reserved reaction. It’s suggested that Flick wasn’t exactly thrilled by the fact that Rummenigge was the only one that really fought for him and stood in his corner, so to speak.
It’s well known that Flick has had issues with sporting director and executive board member, Hasan Salihamidzic. The two have had differing opinions in all of the transfer windows since Flick’s managed Bayern and despite the two stating publicly that the relationship was fine, that clearly wasn’t the case. It’s understood that that’s a big reason why Flick has made his decision, combined with the fact that he could now also become the next manager of Die Mannschaft after this summer. For weeks, he had been pestered and pried by the press to explain what his plans for the future were, and now we at least, for certain, know that it wont be with FC Bayern beyond this season.
Flick had even mentioned his decision briefly to Wolfsburg manager Oliver Glasner on Friday night at Bayern’s team hotel ahead of the match. The Bayern bosses that were present for the match at the Volkswagen Arena had their phones turned off after the final whistle, knowing that Flick would make his announcement to the press after the match. They didn’t want to have to deal with the barrage of incoming calls and messages.
Had Brazzo been taken off of Bayern’s executive board or been fired as the club’s sporting director, there’s a chance that Flick would’ve considered staying. However, with the structure of the executive and supervisory boards at FC Bayern and the role of the sporting director, that was never really a feasible option. RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann has been heavily linked to be Flick’s replacement, but there has been no indication from either club that this is set in stone. In fact, Nagelsmann had recently come out and said that there hasn’t been any contact yet from Bayern. Rather, the topic of discussion only came up when Bayern was negotiating for the signing of Dayot Upamecano. Both Nagelsmann and Upamecano are represented by the same agency and that’s why the subject was lightly broached back then.