German FA confirm they WILL interview Flick about replacing Low

German FA confirm they WILL interview Hansi Flick about replacing Joachim Low as national team boss… just hours after Julian Nagelsmann was confirmed as his successor at Bayern Munich

  • Hansi Flick said earlier in April he wanted to terminate his Bayern Munich deal
  • The 56-year-old was already among the favourites to replace Joachim Low
  • Bayern have confirmed Julian Nagelsmann as Flick’s successor at the club
  • A German FA spokesperson has confirmed talks with Flick will now take place

The German FA has confirmed it will open talks with Hansi Flick in due course about replacing national team boss Joachim Low after this summer’s European Championships. 

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann was confirmed as the current Bayern Munich boss’ successor on Tuesday, with Flick having announced earlier this month that he wanted his contract with last season’s treble winners terminated at the end of the season.

Flick has since been increasingly linked to the German national team role, having already been among the immediate favourites to succeed Low following the announcement early last month that the 61-year-old would be stepping down. 

The German FA has confirmed it will open talks with Hansi Flick (left) about replacing Joachim Low (right) as national team boss

Julian Nagelsmann (left) was confirmed as Flick’s successor at German giants Bayern Munich

And now speaking to German outlet SID, a DFB spokesperson confirmed the 56-year-old – who has agreed to terminate his deal at Bayern – will be interviewed for the chance to succeed Low. 

‘It’s well known that Hansi Flick is held in high regard by the DFB,’ the spokesperson said.

‘We can confirm that we will now hold talks with him and the people in charge at FC Bayern.

‘We are currently not going to comment on the further procedure, which we will coordinate internally with all parties involved.’

Flick was Low’s assistant at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which Germany won after a 1-0 victory against Argentina in the final.

Flick (second from right) was an assistant to Low (right) during Germany’s victorious World Cup campaign in 2014

But he is now in line to take the helm for himself this time around after the German FA announced in March that Low would be departing after this summer’s Euros in June and July.   

Flick was appointed as Bayern Munich manager in the middle of last season following Niko Kovac’s sacking and led the German giants to the treble last season.

But his side will not be repeating their feat after they were knocked out of this season’s Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain at the quarter-final stage.

He then delivered a shock announcement earlier this month that he wanted to leave after being left frustrated over last summer’s transfer dealings and several reported disagreements with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.  

Flick insisted he wanted to terminate his deal with Bayern after their European exit to PSG

Flick told reporters on April 17: ‘I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.’

And speaking after Nagelsmann’s appointment on Tuesday, Flick said: ‘The last two years will be unforgettable for me. The emotions, the wins, the titles, but also the day-to-day work on the pitch have been a lot of fun for me – it’s been an amazing time.

‘Success can only be achieved together! A coach is nothing without his team, and I was lucky enough to have fantastic players here in Munich and a staff and a coaching team who did incredible work. Thanks guys, and thanks Kathleen!

‘Particular thanks also go to president Herbert Hainer, along with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Kahn, Hasan Salihamidzic and the entire executive board, who gave me the opportunity to coach this magnificent team. One tinge of sadness remains: that we could not celebrate the great successes during this period with the fans.

Reports suggest Flick had disagreements with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic (right)

‘I’ve missed you in every match. I wish the FC Bayern family only the very best for the future. It is not a cliche when I say: it’s been a great honour for me.’

Low, meanwhile, has been in charge of Die Mannschaft since 2006, having also served as Jurgen Klinsmann’s assistant in the national team set-up for the two years prior to him taking over as boss.

As well as winning the 2014 World Cup, he guided Germany to the Euro 2008 final – where they suffered defeat by Spain – and to third place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Flick will be replaced at Bayern regardless of whether he succeeds Low or not by 33-year-old Nagelsmann, who has forced the Bundesliga giants to pay a world-record £21.7m to Leipzig to secure his services on a five-year deal from July.

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