After Hansi Flick and Miroslav Klose, Hermann Gerland is also leaving FC Bayern Munich. Julian Nagelsmann apparently has no place for the club legend. It’s the end of an era.
Thomas Müller trained under Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal and Hansi Flick. But when asked who his favorite coach at FC Bayern was, the choice fell on – Hermann Gerland. With the “Tiger” he “had the most fun and fun over the years,” said Müller recently.
But not only the 2014 world champion appreciates the 66-year-old: Despite all the stars and starlets, Gerland has long been a legend at Bayern, “the biggest show”, as the fans have been chanting for years. But now the Gerland era is apparently ending for the German record champions after well over 20 years.
Flick’s assistant is leaving Munich in the summer. According to a report by kicker the new Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann has no place in his team for the experienced Gerland. The icon’s contract runs until June 30, 2022. It is not the only change in the Bayern coaching team. Miroslav Klose also announced his departure.
Gerland is considered the discoverer of stars such as Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels, Holger Badstuber and David Alaba. He once said that he has “a good eye, whether one can do it or not.”
FC Bayern: Gerland is considered loyal and extremely popular
For the first time Gerland worked as a coach for Bayern from 1990 to 1995 with the amateurs. After stints at 1. FC Nürnberg, Tennis Borussia Berlin, Arminia Bielefeld and SSV Ulm, the Bochum native returned to Munich in 2001.
According to kicker Gerland will not take on a new role at Bayern in the future, but he will not retire yet. The fact is – Müller will miss Gerland: “In the last few years we have written a lot of slogans and had a lot of fun on the pitch.”
Flick assistant Klose had previously announced that he would be leaving Munich in the summer. The contract of the world champion from 2014 expires, the 42-year-old recently complained about a lack of communication in the club.
He shouldn’t have the best relationship with sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. “What happens to me and where I will be in the next season, I still decide all by myself. I have a very clear plan,” said Klose kicker.
There are several exciting options for his immediate future. The former striker may accompany his boss Flick to the DFB. This is considered the favorite to succeed national coach Joachim Löw in the summer.