Hansi Flick’s request to terminate his contract with FC Bayern at the end of the season was straightforward, consistent and logical. The only surprising thing was the timing of the announcement. But it also reveals a large deficit in the leadership of the record champions. A comment.
For FC Bayern Munich it is the biggest defeat in a very long time: those responsible did not manage to create the atmosphere and working conditions for Hansi Flick that the most successful coach in the club’s history would at least want to fulfill his contract. For those responsible, this defeat also means that they have lost control.
Hansi Flick did the right thing. His decision is self-confident, straightforward, consistent and logical. Only the time of the announcement was surprising and also associated with a certain risk.
Would the sextuple coach have told his team and the public even after a defeat in Wolfsburg what he had said to the bosses a few days before after the quarter-finals in the Champions League? Could Flick have kept the radio away from a team whose last possible title of the season would have been anything but certain?
But that’s speculation. The alleged rivals in the title fight have once again done everything on this 29th match day not to be much more than a sparring partner on the way to Bavaria’s 30th championship, the ninth in a row.
FC Bayern: Flick is not going early for the first time
One thing is certain: Hansi Flick has acted as Hansi Flick does when he notices that his ideas and wishes have not got through or that agreements have not been kept.
In 2006 he dropped out after only two months as assistant coach at Red Bull Salzburg when the club suddenly put Giovanni Trapattoni in front of him and Lothar Matthäus.
In 2017, the world champion co-trainer from 2014, tired from the long decision-making processes in the association, resigned from his position as sports director at the DFB.
In 2018, after just 241 days, he asked TSG Hoffenheim to terminate his five-year contract as head of sport – again because he couldn’t get through with his ideas.
If you really want to mean it badly with Flick, you could come to the conclusion that those responsible had no choice but to put Flick in his place when it comes to questions of squad planning. Why should you give a coach greater decision-making power, contrary to your own convictions, if you cannot be sure that he will fulfill his contracts?
The fragile balance of power between Team Hoeneß and Team Rummenigge built up over decades was also based on the self-created law of nature that a coach at FC Bayern Munich can train the team and win titles, but otherwise, above all, must be happy and grateful for it at FC Bayern Munich train and win titles. Anyone who questioned this natural law was either soon dismissed (ask Louis van Gaal) or let his contract expire (ask Pep Guardiola).
In the world of Bayern bosses, it never happened that a coach could volunteer his position prematurely. It was overdue for them to experience this. They also have to live with the consequences of starting the not entirely trivial search for a successor.