Monday, December 28, 2020
“On the same level as Heynckes”
Bavaria greats ennoble their “man of the year”
Hansi Flick leads FC Bayern from title to title. Not only that, but also the way the former Kovac assistant coach works, inspires the celebrities at the record champions. Someone who should know puts Flick in line with the biggest in the industry.
Bayern Munich board member Oliver Kahn is not worried about a possible poaching of triple coach Hansi Flick by the German Football Association. “Hansi Flick has a long-term contract. I don’t even know whether Hansi wants that at all,” said the former national goalkeeper in a “Bild” interview. “He is breaking one record after the other and is very satisfied. Hansi is not finished with the development of the team here.”
Flick managed to lead the German record champions to five titles. “What particularly fascinates me: the team’s discipline to show this performance in front of empty ranks,” said Kahn. “The way the team has dealt with it so far is fantastic. I don’t know how I would have managed it. Fans were the icing on the cake for me,” said the 51-year-old.
“Optimal ambassador for the club”
Assistant Hermann Gerland puts Bayern Munich’s trainer Hansi Flick on a par with the greatest in the industry. “I have seen Louis van Gaal, Pep Guardiola, Heynckes and – as opponents – Jürgen Klopp and can allow myself a well-founded judgment: I see Hansi Flick on a level with these greats, he is one of the great coaching personalities,” said Gerland in his Appreciation for Flick in the specialist magazine “Kicker”, which had named the coach “Personality of the Year 2020”.
The 55-year-old triple coach of the German record champions will succeed Liverpool’s master coach Jürgen Klopp, who had been voted “Man of the Year” last year. With his polite and humble manner, Flick is “an ideal ambassador for the club”, stressed Gerland and reported on the good cooperation with the star players: “As a former assistant coach, Hansi never had any difficulty in convincing the many stars at Bayern. I have never heard of reservations or doubts. The players quickly notice when they are dealing with a competent professional. “
A prominent predecessor Flicks had already praised his qualities in the summer: The coach “brought the team back to life” after taking office, said Franz Beckenbauer, who as coach of FC Bayern was able to win a championship title and a UEFA Cup victory. in August the “Bild” newspaper.
That was a great art, said the DFB team boss of the World Cup triumph in 1990: “He brought the team back to life with his friendly and engaging manner,” said Beckenbauer. She ran for him. “To make a unit out of such a bunch, you have to be a wizard.” You could give the triple coach a ten-year contract “without hesitation”, the Kaiser told the “Bild” newspaper, “you can also give him a 100-year contract”.
Most recently, Thomas Müller highlighted Bayern’s transformation under coach Hansi Flick in a guest article for the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”: “The development we made as a team from November 2019 to the end of August 2020 was phenomenal. An important part of this team I really enjoyed being every day. “