Klopp, Nagelsmann, and extra: 5 managers who might substitute Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich
Hansi Flick did an extraordinary job at Bayern Munich and won the Treble in his first season after replacing Niko Kovac in November 2019.
This season he continued in a similar way and is seven points ahead of the top of the Bundesliga with just seven games left. However, they have already been eliminated from the DFB Cup and are facing the first leg of the quarter-finals against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
It now seems that Flick is ready to face a new challenge. Norwegian reporter Jan Aage Fjortoft claims on Twitter that he will take over the German national team after Euro 2021.
The 56-year-old previously worked as a team assistant during his most successful period. He won a world championship and reached the semifinals of every tournament from 2006 to 2014.
With that, FC Bayern Munich must of course be replaced. But who could follow a man who was so successful? Let’s take a look.
Nagelsmann will be the favorite for the job
The top candidate for the hot seat will be RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann.
At just 33 years of age, the German is currently one of the most attractive prospects in world football. In his short time in management, he won the German football manager of the year in 2017 and was third in the UEFA men’s coach of the year in the 2019/20 season after leading RB Leipzig to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
This season he brought The Red Bulls to second place in the Bundesliga and could win the first trophy of his career in the DFB-Pokal.
Klopp has not had a great season with Liverpool
After a rocky season, Jürgen Klopp’s position in Anfield doesn’t look as secure as it did at the beginning of the year.
With eight games remaining of the Premier League season, it is mathematically impossible for Liverpool to keep the title. The Reds were also eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and are unlikely to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
Even so, there is no denying that Klopp is still one of the best managers out there. And if he were available, Bayern Munich would be stupid not to take him over.
However, given his history with rival Borussia Dortmund, a move to the Allianz Arena could not be an option.
Tuchel got off to a positive start in England
When it comes to the best managers in the world, Tuchel has been under scrutiny in recent years.
Last season he was just one game away from an unprecedented quadruple with PSG. In 2017 he won the DFB Cup with Borussia Dortmund – the last silver they won to this day.
And now he’s got off to a good start in managing Chelsea and getting them on track for a Champions League semi-final.
Tuchel has only been at Stamford Bridge for a few months. However, an offer from Bayern Munich can be too much to refuse.
Although, as with Klopp, his connections with Borussia Dortmund can block any possible movement.
Low has had great success with Germany
Ah, the old Switcheroo.
Joachim Low has already announced that he will be eliminated from the German national team after the summer tournament. It is unclear where he will go next.
Why not Bayern Munich? They are hands down one of the greatest clubs in the world and it’s hard to see them turn down a manager who has a World Cup ahead of them.
Gerland has been working with Bayern Munich for 20 years
When Kovac was released in 2019, Bayern temporarily appointed his assistant – that assistant was Flick. Maybe now is the time to try again.
Hermann Gerland has been with Bayern Munich for over 20 years. In the 90s he was responsible for the amateur team and took over the reserves in 2001. During this time he helped to bring Thomas Müller, David Alaba, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger through, among others.
He has been with the club since 2001 and is changing from reserve team manager to first team assistant. He was Jupp Heynckes’ right-hand man in the triple winning season 2012/13 and was also assistant for the triple season last season.
Given his long time at the Allianz Arena, nobody will know the club better than him. And after working with people like Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti and Heynckes, the 66-year-old shouldn’t be lacking in innovation.
Or if they prefer someone younger then former striker Miroslav Klose would be up to the task. The German national player, who was born in Poland, has also been Flick’s assistant since May 2020.