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Hansi Flick using media to “force” Bayern Munich to terminate his contract

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In a bit of strategy, Hansi Flick went public with his desire to leave the club this summer.

FC Bayern Muenchen Training Session and Press Conference Photo by M. Donato/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Following Bayern Munich’s 3-2 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday, Hansi Flick stunned everyone by announcing that he had asked the club to terminate his contact at the end of the current season. Not that it was a great shock that Flick wanted to leave, but that fact that it was coming from the coach in a post-match press conference instead of one with Bayern’s board involved raised a lot of eyebrows.

Prior to speaking with the media, Flick told the players in the locker room after the game that he had asked the club to terminate his contract at the end of the season.

VfL Wolfsburg v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

Speaking of Bayern’s board, subsequent reporting from Bild+ reveals that while they were made aware on Thursday of Flick’s decision, even they were surprised that he made the declaration through the media. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the members of Bayern’s board travel separately to and from away matches. By the time Flick addressed the media, Bayern’s board had already left the stadium to head to the airport.

While Flick has requested that Bayern terminate his contract so that he can leave this summer, it must be noted that Bayern could just say “No”; however, it’s hard to see the club trying to force a coach to stay who does not want to be there any longer.

The biggest thing Flick’s pronouncement has done is likely made it difficult for Bayern to force (presumably) the DFB to pay the club a transfer fee for Flick. By going public that he doesn’t want to be Bayern’s manager any longer, Flick has eviscerated any negotiating power that the club may have had.