Following Hansi Flick’s announcement that he wanted to leave Bayern Munich this summer, there was a strange panic bubbling up in some corners of the Bayern fandom: “What are we going to do without Flick?”
I’m here to answer that question for you! Bayern Munich will be just fine without Hansi Flick. How do I know this? Because, I’m a fan of Bayern. The club is always fine.
Since Jupp Heynckes was fired ending his first tenure in the fall of 1991, only five managers have been able to last a full two seasons at the helm of Bayern, and only one of them lasted more than three seasons.
- Giovanni Trapattoni (July 1996 - June 1998)
- Ottmar Hitzfeld (July 1998 - June 2004)
- Felix Magath (July 2004 - January 2007)
- Jupp Heynckes (July 2011 - June 2013)
- Pep Guardiola (July 2013 - June 2016)
So, yes, coaches come and go. Good ones. Bad ones. Even great ones. However, the institution that is FC Bayern München will remain in place. The structure that has been laid down over decades can not, will not, and should not be thrown away for any one coach, no matter how good you may think he or she is.
Losing Flick after less than two years in charge isn’t an ideal situation. It’s not one that anyone wants, whether they be in the boardroom or in the Südkurve. A coaching search? In this economy? Do you think that’s something that Bayern want to do?
If, as expected, he ends up at the DFB coaching the Germany men’s national team, he will likely end up with the job that he has coveted for nearly a decade. We should be happy for him that he’s pursuing his dreams.
Bayern will now move on to the next person to lead the Bavarian sideline. Is that Julian Nagelsmann, Jürgen Klopp, Massimiliano Allegri, Xabi Alonso? We’ll find out soon.
Coaches come. Coaches go. Bayern Munich endures. Forever. Mia san Mia!