Per the latest edition of Bild, it’s heavily suggested that Miroslav Klose will be the departing Bayern Munich’s coaching staff after this season ends. This comes on the heels of the announcement that RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann will become Bayern’s next manager as of July 1st as Hansi Flick will leave to likely become the next manager of the German national team, replacing Joachim Low after this summer.
Nagelsmann had said in a press conference on Tuesday that part of his agreement with Bayern was that he would be bringing video analyst Benjamin Glück and team manager Timmo Hardung with him. The pair of assistants served with Nagelsmann at both RB Leipzig and TSG Hoffenheim. As far as who Nagelsmann’s direct assistant manager will be, it’s unclear at this point, but we at least now know that it will not be Klose. When Hermann Gerland was asked whether or not he would stay on as the assistant manager after Flick leaves, he apparently just smiled and laughed without giving any sort of actual answer. It’s difficult to say what, exactly, he was insinuating with the chuckle and grin.
Regardless of who Nagelsmann’s direct assistant manager will be, Bayern is still losing a top caliber coach in Klose. He played an integral role for Bayern’s U-17s and as one of Flick’s assistants this season. He was also an important manager-player liaison for striker Robert Lewandowski. Klose, as a striker during his playing days, would spend a lot of one-on-one time with the Polish ace to help him work on instinctiveness, finishing techniques, and positioning, among other things. It’s a solid striker-to-striker relationship to have and Lewandowski, while he will still be performing at a high level and working to continuously better his craft, won’t have that same connection once Klose leaves the club.