Hansi Flick: Bayern Munich manager to leave club at end of season

Flick is expected to succeed Joachim Low as Germany head coach after the Euros this summer

Karolos Grohmann
Saturday 17 April 2021 18:05
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Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said on Saturday he had told the team and club bosses that he wanted to leave the German champions at the end of the season despite his contract running until 2023.

The former Germany assistant coach, who initially took over on an interim basis in November 2019, led the club to a spectacular winning run that earned them six domestic and international titles in the following months, including the Champions League and the club World Cup crown.

“The situation is I told the team today that I informed the club during the week that I wanted to get out of my contract at the end of the season,” Flick said after his team’s 3-2 victory over VfL Wolfsburg.

The 56-year-old had been at odds with sports director Hasan Salihamdizic in recent months with the coach reportedly wanting a greater say in the club’s transfer policy.

Long seen as the frontrunner to succeed Joachim Loew as Germany coach after the European Championship in June and July, Flick, who was Loew’s assistant when Germany won the 2014 World Cup, said his future had not yet been decided.

“The future is absolutely not clear,” he said. “There has been no discussions regarding that. Obviously the (German) FA is an option which every coach has to think about. But this is independent of that. I decided to take this step.

“But I have to digest everything now. The last few weeks were not easy. That is why it was very important to say it to the club and the team.”

The Bavarians, who were eliminated by Paris Saint-Germain last week in the Champions League quarter-finals, are seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table with five games remaining, on course for a record-extending ninth consecutive league crown.

Reuters

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