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Does Hans-Dieter Flick deserve the permanent job at Bayern Munich?

Hans-Dieter Flick has been appointed as Bayern Munich’s permanent Coach until June 2023 following an excellent run of results as an interim boss. Flick joined Niko Kovac’s coaching staff last summer but was later promoted as caretaker boss after Niko Kovac’s sacking on November 3 due to a humiliating result they suffered at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt. The permanent job is Flick’s first head coaching role since he departed Hoffenheim in 2005.

Flick has worked with renowned coaches like the Italian tactician Giovanni Trapattoni and world cup winner Joachim Low. Flick was also a Bayern Munich player between 1985-1990 season, making 139 appearances and winning four Bundesliga titles.

 

Why Hans-Dieter Flick deserves the permanent job

Hans-Dieter Flick has done a fantastic job so far and has rejuvenated the Bayern team. He had guided the team from the fourth position to the top of the table, opening up a four-point advantage over arch-rival Borussia Dortmund before the COVID-19 pandemic brought the Bundesliga to a halt. Since taking over the reign as an interim boss, Flick has played 21 matches in all competitions, winning 18, drawing one, and losing 2.

Flick has also qualified the team to the DFB Pokal semi-finals. They are also on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals after defeating Chelsea by three goals to nil at Stamford Bridge, making the second leg at the Allianz Arena just a mere formality for them. The win against Chelsea showed his pedigree of getting his tactics spot on against a big European team. Flick and his men are involved in all three competitions and are on course for a treble. Flick has brought back the attractiveness and some sort of swag in the Bayern style of play. The free-flowing passing game, intense pressing from midfield and attack has helped Bayern to stamp their authority in games. Bayern is scoring freely against tougher opponents.

Moreover, Bayern Munich does not rely solely on individual brilliance as most of the goals they have scored have come from strict patterns of play in the final third.

The defense has looked more robust, so there is no compromise in one part of the pitch to excel in the other sector. The ideas instilled by Flick in such a short period have been a testament to his coaching ability. Flick’s man-management of the players has been excellent, making sure that players are on his side and has restored harmony in the Bayern dressing room. The likes of Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng have once again reached their top-level under Flick. Thomas Muller has had a big say in Bayern’s resurgence under Flick, starting 18 games in all competitions, scoring eight goals and registering 15 assists. As a result, Muller is now the third deadliest outlet behind only Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski for Bayern Munich in recent games. Under former manager Niko Kovac, Jerome Boateng was deemed as surplus to requirement, but now he is back enjoying the MVP status at the heart of defense at Bayern Munich. Flick has also relied on youth and slowly integrated them into the team. Alphonso Davies has been sensational at left-back since David Alaba moved into the center of defense. Alphonso Davies has played very well, and he is now leading the German league statistics in terms of the most successful dribbles. It’s tough to imagine a Bayern team without him. Alphonso Davies is not the only youngster who is playing well under Flick. Joshua Zirkzee has also been a revelation, scoring two goals from the bench in successive games before the winter break.

 

What next for Hans-Dieter Flick and Bayern Munich?

Flick’s works deserve praise, but the real journey begins now. In football, there is a big difference between being an interim coach and a permanent coach. However, the permanent manager has more significant objectives to meet. Some of these objectives include getting the transfers right and proper rotation of players. He also has to build good chemistry between the old and new players to keep a pleasant atmosphere in the dressing room by giving all players a decent amount of playing time. Others also think Flick’s appointment is a gamble because Bayern is a massive club in Europe, and there is a need to appoint a world-class coach. For the past years, Bayern has hired renowned and top-class coaches like Pep Guardiola, Jupp Heynckes, and Carlo Ancelotti. These coaches are top tacticians with tremendous pedigree. However, a case can be made for Flick because Zidane had no pedigree in coaching before taking over the reins at Real Madrid, but excelled very well. It is also similar to Pep Guardiola’s appointment at Barcelona. Hans-Dieter Flick is a former player of the club who understands the philosophy and the mentality of the club.

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