Hans-Joachim Watzke: “Parting ways with Hansi Flick was not up for debate.”

Speaking to the media after the dismissal of Oliver Bierhoff earlier on in the week, DFB vice president Hans-Joachim Watzke discussed where the German FA go from here.

The departure of Bierhoff put the future of Flick in doubt but Watzke clarified that Flick was going to stay “Parting ways with Hansi Flick was not up for debate. That was clear to everyone. It was a really good meeting with very good atmosphere that gave me hope and strength. It was very constructive, very in-depth and with a lot of trust”

Watzke also spoke on how long it may take to find a successor for Bierhoff. He would prefer to find “a solution before Christmas” however he sees this as not “realistic.” He also added why this was the case: “We have no time pressure. Accuracy comes before speed.”

Bierhoff was dismissed earlier on in the week after Germany crashed out at the group stages of the World Cup for a second time in a row meaning the last time they were present in the knockout stages was when they won in 2014. Flick has managed to maintain the support of those higher up at the DFB but this is the beginning of the restructuring of how things are done in Germany so they can reach their previous heights.

GGFN | Jack Meenan

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