While it might’ve been just an inevitability, Hansi Flick was officially announced as Joachim Low’s successor as manager of the German national team for after this summer’s European Championships yesterday.
It was known that this was going to happen, but Flick put pen to paper for the DFB yesterday, making it official. Julian Nagelsmann will be taking over for him as Bayern Munich manager as of July 1st, moving from RB Leipzig and there has been a fair amount of personnel movement amongst Bayern’s coaching staff as a result. Both Miroslav Klose and Hermann Gerland will also be leaving the club and now there’s a bit of a duel between Bayern and the DFB for head of fitness and chief scientist at Bayern, Professor Holger Broich. Assistant manager at Bayern Danny Röhl is also wanted by Flick and the DFB (Az).
Per Az, Nagelsmann has already had conversations with Broich and exchanged idea, indicating that there’s not a departure in sight, but Flick is keen on bringing him to the DFB, along with Danny Röhl. Broich’s contract with Bayern is based on an indefinite basis and he’s been with the club since 2014 after he had served under Jupp Heynckes at Bayer Leverkusen from 2003-2014. Heynckes once described Broich as “worth gold, one of my most important employees.”
As the club’s head fitness instructor, he was also comically credited with helping Leon Goretzka’s incredible transformation during the peak of lockdowns in Germany when the coronavirus pandemic first broke out. The midfielder had put on a considerable amount of muscle during the time away from Sabener Strasse. For Broich, there could be big possibilities at the DFB, but his contract at Bayern is a point of leverage for Nagelsmann and company. It could be down to Nagelsmann being able to convince him to stay or not in the end.
Röhl’s situation is a bit more complicated than Broich’s status. He’s wanted by Hasan Salihamidzic and Nagelsmann, but also Flick and Oliver Bierhoff. For his case, the decision will essentially be up to him based on how badly both camps want him. He has plenty of experience as an assistant manager with his time at Bayern, Southampton in the Premier League, and RB Leipzig. He is a strong candidate to be an assistant for the German national team. Recently speaking to kicker, he had said that all option are on the table at this point; “everything is open. Both sides are sending positive signals.”