Soon after Bayern Munich crashed out of the Champions League, they are possibly going to face another setback. The highly successful manager Hansi Flick has asked the Bayern board to terminate his contract. Bayern are now looking for replacements and Klopp is on the list.
The recent development came in after Bayern’s 3-2 victory over Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. The manager made the announcement about his desire to end the contract to the media after the match. Bayern currently sit atop the Bundesliga table. They are 7 points ahead of RB Leipzig and are en route to winning the league.
Hansi Flick came in as an interim manager after the club sacked Nico Kovac midway through the previous campaign. Flick steadied the ship and created one of the best sides in Europe as Bayern secured their 2nd treble. He then added the UEFA Super Cup, DfB Super Cup, and the FIFA Club world cup to his trophy cabinet, completing the sextuple.
WHY DOES FLICK WANTS TO LEAVE?
Things have not been smooth between Hansi Flick and Bayern’s hierarchy. The manager was said to have a strained relationship with Bayern’s Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic over the club’s recruitment.
Bayern sold their midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara last season to Liverpool. And are now set to lose David Alaba on a free transfer at the end of the current season. Not having enough say in player recruitment has strained the relationship between Flick and Salihamidzic.
Hansi Flick could have also been swayed by the upcoming opening for the Germany National Team manager position. Joachim Low, the current manager will step down from the same after the end of Euros in the summer. Flick having worked with Low in the German national team setup, is considered as the ideal replacement, by DFB.
JURGEN KLOPP TO REPLACE HANSI FLICK AT BAYERN MUNICH?
Bayern Munich would soon have to make a decision regarding their managerial situation. Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool is said to be one of the major targets to replace Flick. The German has been very influential for Liverpool, leading them to their sixth Champions League title and their first-ever Premier League title during his time in England.
Klopp was a favorite to take over the manager role of Bayern in 2008, only to be snubbed. Klopp then went onto their major rivals Borussia Dortmund, where he won multiple trophies and made a name for himself.
Even then Bayern kept their interest in bringing Klopp to Munich, but the move never materialized. Though the club could go in for Klopp this summer, his current contract at Liverpool runs until 2024. This means that getting him would be expensive for the Bavarians.
OTHER POSSIBLE REPLACEMENTS:
Another possible replacement would be RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann. However, he has denied any contact between him and Bayern Munich. But one cannot rule out the possibility of him coming to Bayern as the job is one of the most coveted in Germany, something that is hard to pass on by any young manager.
Apart from the two Germans, there are other names being thrown out as a possible replacement. Massimiliano Allegri and Arsene Wenger are both great managers. And they are currently not contracted to any clubs and have been rumoured with a move to Munich.
Whoever Bayern Munich decides to bring in will have a tough task as they try to replace Hansi Flick. He has won 67 out of 81 matches where he has managed the German champions. During that period he has only lost 6 matches and scored 239 goals, which amounts to a whopping 2.95 goals per game. His tactics backed with his success will surely be very hard to emulate for his successor.
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