The hiring of former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick is not the only coaching move the DFB will have to address this year.
Germany U-21 manager Stefan Kutz has been relieved of his duties to take over Turkey’s senior team. The release comes on amicable terms as Germany is supporting Kuntz’s desire to move on and advance his career with the Turkish national team
The wildly successful coach will now take the next step of his career by accepting a new job, which should the final contractual details be worked out between Kuntz and the Turkish Football Association:
The DFB presidential board has unanimously decided to dismiss Stefan Kuntz from his current contract as U21s coach should he agree with the Turkish football association to work as head coach of the Turkey national team. pic.twitter.com/NpFUY0Hc6W— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 17, 2021
Kuntz, who led Germany to UEFA European Under-21 Championship titles in both 2017 and 2021, likely saw his pathway to being the first team coach blocked by Hansi Flick. This likely led to Kuntz wanting to make the leap toward running his own national team program.
Turkey will likely give him that chance:
Due to Stefan Kuntz’s success with the Germany U21 national team and his special relationship with Turkey, the DFB does not wish to obstruct his next career step. The possibility of an early release from the contract is a symbol of friendship between German and Turkish football.— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 17, 2021
If the move goes through, Kuntz will have his work cut out for him as he would be taking over a talented, but underachieving Turkish side.