According to a report from Abendzeitung, the DFB is set to have Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick take over for Joachim Löw after the European Championships this summer.
Over the weekend, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinze Rummenigge cautioned the DFB to get a deal with Flick done as soon as possible, as there could be a slew of clubs abroad ready to throw heaps of cash at the sextuple-winning manager. Rummenigge even hinted that Bayern Munich and the DFB had agreed to a deal of sorts to help compensate the Bavarians for losing their manager to the national team.
For his part, Flick is playing awfully coy about things, but sounds like he knows what his next job will be.
“I’m open to a lot of things,” Flick told Sky over the weekend (as captured by Abendzeitung). “Working with Oliver Bierhoff, Jogi Löw and Andreas Köpke back then was a lot of fun. There was enormous appreciation, enormous loyalty that drives me. These things are there, I have a deep trust in Oliver Bierhoff.”
Abendzeitung thinks things are going to happen quickly between Flick and the DFB:
According to AZ information, he will take over for Löw after the EM and look after the German team at both the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2024 European Championship in Germany.
This perspective appeals to the coach. It works in Flick, said Bayern board member Oliver Kahn , “that Jogi Löw’s position is now vacant. I can very well imagine that he will accept this challenge.”
In fact, the “transfer fee” for Flick on the part of the DFB seems to have already been discussed. “Everything is settled, there is no financial compensation at the moment,” said Kahn: “Of course, at the moment we are discussing a possible game that can take place between FC Bayern and the national team.” AZ had reported on it exclusively.
After Flick’s Bayern Munich squad clinched the Bundesliga title over the weekend, Löw stated he was happy to see his old assistant have so much success with the Bavarians.
“I am particularly happy for Hansi Flick and his players,” said Löw. “They have been a tight-knit group for months and have overcome a great deal of resistance in this difficult season. This title win also gives the national team a tailwind for the next strenuous weeks. in which the Euros lie ahead of us. We have taken on a lot together for that, too.”
Everything seems to be coming together...except for an official announcement. Hopefully, that happens soon and all parties can fully begin planning for the next stage of their respective journeys.