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Lothar Matthäus: Bayern Munich will have to choose between Flick, Brazzo

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The German legend has doubts over the longevity of Hansi Flick’s tenure in Bavaria

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Amid a reported dust up between the two men in charge of players at Bayern Munich, a former German international is weighing in on the situation.

After previous reports suggested a rift between Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick and sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić, speculation regarding their working relationship has been rampant. With a vacancy at the DFB still needing to be filled, a number of pundits and outlets have tapped Flick as the man to take over.

Former Bayern midfielder Lothar Matthäus has offered his views of how things are going at the Säbener Strasse, writing in Sky that he believes the situation at Bayern is beyond repair:

In my opinion, the whereabouts of successful coach Hansi Flick is anything but a mere formality. The statements made over the weekend by both Hansi and Oliver Kahn only allow the conclusion in my opinion that it is not at all clear that Hansi will remain coach in Munich beyond the season.

I don’t believe in a collaboration beyond the season. After nobody made a clear statement about the continuity of Flick at Bayern until the end of the contract in 2023 at the weekend, I see either Brazzo or Hansi working for Bayern in the next season.

Matthäus also believes that the timeline for an announcement is sooner than everyone thinks:

I assume that after the two games against Paris he will talk to Kahn and/or Rummenigge and will reveal his wish to move to the DFB.

As for who he believes should take over for Flick, if he does indeed depart Munich this summer, Matthäus picked someone who’s already a popular choice among the rumor mill:

Everyone involved knows that in the event of a Flick departure Bayern must be given enough time to find a successor. (That successor) is currently sitting on the bench of the second (biggest) German soccer force in Leipzig and is named Julian Nagelsmann.