With less than a year to go to the much-anticipated UEFA European Championship at Germany, Die Mannschaft has decided to sack 58-year-old record-breaking and treble-winning coach Hansi Flick following a thrashing defeat by traditional Asian outfit Japan in an international friendly. The sacking news of the Heidelberg-born Hansi Flick as the team manager has been confirmed by the German football association, with a series of poor form during Flick’s chaotic reign as the reasons behind his dismissal. Rudi Völler will assume Hansi Flick’s position until a new head coach is appointed.
Hansi Flick Sacked as Germany’s Manager After Two Years
Hansi Flick’s appointment as the head coach of Germany came when 2014 FIFA World Cup-winning manager Joachim Löw made the decision to step down from his long-time position after almost more than one and a half decade of loyal services. Prior to succeeding Löw as the manager of the four-time World Cup winner, Hansi Flick is known to be a successful European club football head coach, especially during his reign with Bayern Munich from 2019 to 2021.
During the span of 2019/2020 to 2020/2021, the 58-year-old led the Bavarians to win two league titles, two domestic cups, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup with his inaugural season with the club being a treble-winning one. Due to these significant team honours, Hansi Flick was awarded with individual recognitions namely UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year, German Football Manager of the Year, VDV Bundesliga Coach of the Season, etc.
Having said that, apart from his impressive resume at club football managerial level, the reason behind his designation to become Germany’s head coach was also due to his seven-year spell as the country football team’s assistant coach under Löw’s tenure with Die Mannschaft. Furthermore, he was appointed the sporting director at the German Football Association for a period close to three years after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was won by Germany in Brazil.
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Hansi Flick’s Dismissal Statement by the German FA
Hansi Flick’s sacking came after his Germany tragically fell to Japan once again in a football match, this time a 4-1 embarrassment thanks to two late goals from the Asian side. The loss to the Samurai Blue meant the four-time world champion has been defeated four out of their previous five matches and the team have not won a single match since their 2-0 victory over Peru almost half a year ago.
The German FA’s statement on Hansi Flick’s sacking goes, “After a recommendation from DFB president Bernd Neuendorf, the presidential board of the DFB GmbH and Co. KG has decided to relieve Germany coach Hansi Flick, plus his assistants Marcus Sorg and Danny Röhl, of their duties with immediate effect”.
In the announcement, Bernd Neuendorf also commented: “The committee agreed that the German national team needs a fresh impetus after the recent disappointing results. Going into the European Championship next summer, we need confidence and optimism in the country regarding our team. This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make during my time in this role because I really respect Hansi Flick and his assistants, both on a professional and personal level. Sporting success is of the upmost importance to the DFB, which is why this decision had to be made.”
Nagelsmann and Klopp Amongst Candidates to Replace Hansi Flick
Just days after Germany won their first FIBA Basketball World Cup after a victory over Serbia in the finale at the Philippines, the question buzzing the country’s sports industry is now potential candidates to replace Hansi Flick as the head coach of Die Mannschaft, which will be aiming for a fourth crown in their home event of the 2024 UEFA European Championship next summer.
In regard to this possible role arrangement, former Bayern Munich young coach Julian Nagelsmann and Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp are the pundit’s and spectators’ favourites to succeed Hansi Flick for upcoming matches and tournaments; The former is currently a free agent after the Bavarians decided to replace the trophy-winning coach with his older compatriot Thomas Tuchel while the Reds’ boss have already spent more than eight seasons with the Premier League club, prompting many to think that he might consider a different chapter in his managerial career.
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