Hans-Dieter Flick has arrived at the head office of Deutscher Fußball Bund to sign the contract which will see him replace Joachim Low as national team manager after the European Championship.
Hansi Flick guided Bayern Munich to their ninth consecutive Bundesliga title this season but decidedly left the club at the end of the season despite having two years remaining on his contract. Joachim Low will be vacating post as Germany boss after Euros in the summer and Flick was set to take over.
Flick signs his contract today which will come into effect after the European Championships
Ex-Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick had earlier admitted that he is close to replacing Joachim Low as Germany boss after the European Championships in the summer. The 56-year-old had guided Bayern to seven titles during his spell as head coach, including two Bundesliga titles and last season’s Champions League, but told Bayern in April that he wanted to leave at the end of the campaign.
Flick was considered to be the front-runner to take over from outgoing Germany boss Joachim Low, who he worked alongside as assistant manager from 2006 to 2014, when they clinched World Cup glory in Brazil. Flick had suggested that an announcement could be close concerning the prospect of him becoming Germany’s next manager later this summer.
“But this much is clear: I have spoken with the DFB [German Football Association].That’s what I can tell you. And everyone knows how I feel about the national squad. But there are things that have to be managed. Right now it is about details. And when everything is done, there might be a quick announcement.” Flick had earlier remarked.
Flick had stressed on Saturday before his last game as coach of the German record champions FC Bayern Munich that it was still about little things. “When everything is ready, you can announce things quickly,” Flick had said.
Now it is becoming quite obvious as he reported to the German FA headquarters earlier this morning to negotiate his contract with the DFB, as German newspaper Bild stated that the manager has already arrived at the Germany base and will put pen to paper on his agreement with Die Mannschaft in the coming hours.
‘Frankfurt, Otto-Fleck-Schneise, this morning at 8:20 a.m. Hansi Flick enters the DFB headquarters – to officially become national coach! The contract will be signed today.
The most important facts: The agreement begins after the European Championship and runs until after the home European championship in 2024. According to BILD information, his salary is below that of FC Bayern (an estimated 6.5 million euros per year).
Although it seemed clear for a long time that Flick would take over the job from Jogi Löw, the negotiations between Flick’s lawyer Christoph Schickhardt and the DFB side (General Secretary Friedrich Curtius, Director Oliver Bierhoff) were still tough on the details. In making his decision, it was important for Flick that Bierhoff remains his contact person.‘ reported BILD.
Flick had walked away from Bayern Munich, who have already snapped up RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann as his replacement, and has long been touted for the Germany gig, although Barcelona have tried to lure him over to Spain. Barcelona president Joan Laporta reached out to Flick as part of his search for somebody to replace Ronald Koeman, but he was met with a resounding no from Flick, who has never hidden his desire to work with Germany.