Hansi Flick asks FC Bayern Munich to terminate his contract. The logical option for his successor is Julian Nagelsmann. How likely is the scenario at FCB?
Hansi Flick no longer wanted to “fool around”, he explained at the press conference on Säbener Strasse on Monday lunchtime. The fact that he personally informed the team after the 3-2 win at VfL Wolfsburg about his request to leave the club at the end of the season was spontaneous, Flick wanted to forestall the “floor radio”. “After that, the logical step for me was to communicate it to the media.”
Flick did not want to comment on the fact that almost a day later, FC Bayern was forced to issue a press release supported by the entire board in order to criticize the coach’s approach, in particular the non-agreed publication. The 56-year-old asked the media representatives present not to ask any further questions on the explosive topic.
The fact that Flick does not want to stay with the record champions beyond the summer did not come out of the blue after the constant unrest around him and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic as well as the vacant national coaching position, but the timing of his advance was quite a surprise. There is already wild speculation as to which coach will inherit the successful sextuple trainer.
Julian Nagelsmann reflexively moved into the media focus, as the current trainer from RB Leipzig has a number of qualities that they appreciate at FCB: a concise, promising game idea, great ambitions and enormous development potential. In fact, the youngster coach is the logical one, with a view to other possible candidates such as Erik ten Hag or Massimiliano Allegri, by far the most obvious option for Flick’s successor.
Nagelsmann becomes the new Bayern coach
In the recent past, the Bavarian (Landsberg am Lech), who in 2017, at that time still in the service of TSG Hoffenheim, revealed that he had crossed his fingers for Munich in the days of children and youth, was associated with the top of the class.
Ex-chief scout Michael Reschke last said in an interview with Sport1that Nagelsmann almost ended up as a U19 coach on the Isar a few years ago, but the veto of TSG patron Dietmar Hopp prevented him from getting involved.
It has not been more specific to date. The mind games of installing Nagelsmann as a professional trainer may have existed before, but the whole thing never seemed as conceivable and equally useful as it was these days. How big is the chance that the 33-year-old will be in charge of the Bayern sideline from the coming season?
Nagelsmann himself commented on the speculation about his future at a press conference on Sunday: “I don’t think it’s the right way to make yourself more important than you are as a coach. I can’t sit down here and say that I’m done with Lena Gercke because I’ve never been with her. That’s why it’s difficult to get into conversation. “
A comparison that made people laugh, statements that, on the other hand, did not suggest a general non-willingness.
“Julian has a long-term contract with us, feels comfortable here and is fully focused on Leipzig,” he said Sky and added: “There are no transfer fees and no price tags.” So getting Leipzig to rethink would be complicated. If the Saxons, who are not necessarily dependent on money, go across, Nagelsmann stays with the Red Bulls.
Incidentally, it would not be a novelty for Bayern to pay a transfer fee for a coach. In 2018, the sum for SGE trainer Niko Kovac was just 2.2 million euros, but within a significantly smaller range than the 15 to 20 million traded for Nagelsmann. The same Kovac recently confirmed what Flick complained more or less subtly over and over again: The coach’s lack of a say in the German class leader.
No exit clause in Nagelsmann’s contract
On Saturday, Flick himself took the wind out of the sails prematurely on the debates about his future, from now on they will give way to the discussions about the new trainer. It can only be speculated whether Nagelsmann, who is generally considered to be opinionated and self-confident, would like to engage in any power games with Salihamidzic, trust the bosses’ route from the start or be explicitly involved in the process of squad planning.
Just like about Nagelsmann’s future in general, Bayern have to struggle with the consequences of the flick offensive. The desire to rely on Nagelsmann in the future is certainly there, but so far nothing is concrete.