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Flick favorite to be Germany's next coach

  • Published at 11:35 am May 6th, 2021
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Hansi Flick Reuters

Loew will step down after 15 years in charge of Germany after the Euro 2020 finals and last week the German FA said they want to speak to Flick about taking over

Outgoing Bayern Munich trainer Hansi Flick is the hot favorite to become Germany's next head coach after receiving the backing of Oliver Bierhoff, who will ultimately decide Joachim Loew's replacement, in a podcast Wednesday.

Flick, Loew's assistant coach when Germany won the 2014 World Cup, has told Bayern he wants to leave at the end of the season despite winning seven titles in the last 18 months.

Loew will step down after 15 years in charge of Germany after the Euro 2020 finals and last week the German FA (DFB) said they want to speak to Flick about taking over.

In a podcast by German daily Bild Wednesday, Bierhoff, director of the Germany team, replied "you could say that" when asked if Flick is his favorite to replace Loew.

Bierhoff worked alongside Flick as team manager in Loew's coaching staff which masterminded Germany's World Cup triumph in Brazil seven years ago.

Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said 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.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Saturday, 17 April 2021

Bierhoff, 53, said the focus is on the Germans doing well at the European championships, from June 11-July 11, after their 6-0 thrashing by Spain last November, then a shock 2-1 home defeat to North Macedonia in March. 

Bierhoff made it clear he is under no time pressure to name a head coach before their World Cup qualifiers in September, Germany's first matches after the Euros, but it would "be good to get the matter resolved". 

Bayern have already named Julian Nagelsmann, 33, as Flick's replacement as their head coach next season. 

Bierhoff welcomed the fact that "things are not dragging out".

Flick was Loew's assistant coach with Germany from 2006 until 2014, when he then became sports director of the German FA until January 2017.

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