In the wake of losing sextuple-winning manager Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic knows how lucky his club was to be able to acquire a coach like Julian Nagelsmann.
While Flick was extremely successful during his time with the club, the roster is in a state of partial transition as Bayern Munich must start to plan what the future might look like when some of the squad’s top players hit the twilight of their respective careers.
Salihamidzic thinks Nagelsmann is the perfect man for the job.
“He doesn’t want to change everything. We conceded a lot of goals last year, so he wants to bring in a bit more stability,” Salihamidzic recently told Sport1-Doppelpass (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia). “We want to be even better going forward. The way he treats the players and coaches is impressive.”
In the post-Flick era, Salihamidzic knew the club needed a player who could simultaneously work with the veterans, while also incorporating some new blood. The club felt Nagelsmann was a perfect fit.
“We needed a coach after Hansi Flick, who also wants to develop, who works together with our campus and our team, but who also wants to take our current team to a new level. We believe he can shape an era here,” Salihamidzic said.
As for how the Bundesliga competition looks for his squad this season, Salihamidzic knows Borussia Dortmund is on the hunt and won’t allow itself to skip a beat even after losing Jadon Sancho to Manchester United.
“Dortmund lost an important player in Sancho. But (Donyell) Malen is a good player, I do believe they will compete. We’re looking a bit at the competition, but first and foremost we look at ourselves. We now have a new coach and a lot to do,” said Salihamidzic.