In our final installment, we’re walking through the final tumultuous months of Hansi Flick’s tenure at Bayern Munch.
According to Bild, just about everything escalated.
End of January 2021: Flick is angry that sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic will not keep him in the loop on squad planning,
February 20, 2021: Flick tells Brazzo to zip it on the team bus after Brazzo gets “frantic” over COVID-19 issues. (Editor’s Note: Specifically, the report alleges that Flick told Brazzo to “Shut the hell up!”)
March 17, 2021: Sport Bild learns of the aforementioned dispute. (Editor’s Note: Just what Bayern Munich likely wanted to happen at a key moment of the season.)
March 18, 2021: Bild reports more on Flick yelling, Flick apologizes, and there is yet another understanding between the men to work collaborate more and get along better.
April 3, 2021: Oliver Kahn does not commit to Flick beyond this season and Flick becomes evasive in answering questions about his future.
April 7, 2021: Brazzo announces that Boateng’s contract will not be extended before a Champions League match, which enraged Flick — though the manager did not make a scene publicly or via the media.
April 9, 2021: Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge tries to get everyone back on the same page: “We all have to pull together, we have to work together harmoniously, loyally and professionally. That’s my demand of the sporting management, that’s what has always distinguished FC Bayern.” Later, Flick takes another swipe at Brazzo’s roster building skills: “We had a team last year that was qualitatively, everyone knows, better than this year.”
April 17, 2021: Flick announces that he wants to leave the club at the end of the season.
Part 3 Analysis
And so (likely) ends one of the greatest short-term managerial runs in Bayern Munich history. Sure, there is still a bit more of this book to be written, but for all intents and purposes the Bavarians are not going to want to employ a coach who openly wants to leave the club.
More, it would be silly to blame Flick for asking for an early release. The 56-year-old won a sextuple, rebuilt a team that was reeling under Niko Kovac, and might have salvaged the careers of players like Thomas Müller, Jerome Boateng, and David Alaba, while kickstarting the (hopefully) long-term prospects of Alphonso Davies, Kingsley Coman, and Jamal Musiala.