Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry knows how special his time working under Hansi Flick was.
“We are all deeply grateful to him. What he made of us and how he led us to these titles was great,” said Gnabry in a recent interview with SPOX and Goal. “But people come, people go — that’s part of the football business. Hansi did an excellent job.”
Flick, however, was not the only Bayern Munich coach who left the club. Hermann Gerland, who helped develop so many players, also exited.
“He was very important, especially for young players. For example, I also had to use his header pendulum every now and then,” Gnabry said. “It is a shame and sad that he is leaving us.”
Gnabry, though, will focus on the good times he spent with the coaching staff rather than be bitter about them leaving.
“There have been many wonderful experiences. But I particularly remember the way Hansi and his colleagues treated us. We were always on the same wavelength,” said Gnabry. “Flick and his team of coaches were nice and understanding, but also motivating. We have always felt very, very comfortable.”
Gnabry was asked if he felt the rumored conflicts between Flick and sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic played a role in the coaching staff leaving Bavaria, but the winger opted not to delve into that discussion.
“A lot has been said about it, but I can’t comment on it because we players focus on the sport,” Gnabry said.
Gnabry, of course, will be able to reunite with Flick as early as this fall when the 56-year-old takes over the German national team.