Hansi Flick remains Germany head coach

Following a two-and-a-half hour crisis meeting on Wednesday, the DFB today confirmed that Hansi Flick will remain as head coach of Germany despite their early elimination from the World Cup.

“We are all convinced that the 2024 European Championship in our own country represents a great opportunity for football in Germany,” said DFB President Bernd Neuendorf. “Our goal is to make this tournament a sporting success. We have full confidence in Hansi Flick that he will master this challenge together with his team.”

Shortly after 17:00, Flick left the conference venue, on the outskirts of Frankfurt, in a limousine without comment but just before 18:30, the DFB announced that they have full confidence in the 57-year-old.

Flick added: “My coaching staff and I are optimistic about the European Championship in our own country. As a team, we can achieve a lot more than we showed in Qatar. We missed a great opportunity there. We we will learn our lessons from that.

“I have faith in the joint path agreed today with Bernd Neuendorf and Hans-Joachim Watzke. We all want the whole of Germany to gather behind the national team again at the home European Championship in 2024.”

Flick was due to present an analysis of Germany’s 2022 World Cup failure alongside Oliver Bierhoff but the DFB announced on Monday the mutual termination of their cooperation with the former technical director.

Flick came under pressure after Germany, who are four-time world champions, suffered consecutive group stage exits at the World Cup following just four points from a possible nine, losing to Japan, drawing against Spain and beating Costa Rica.

A former assistant of Joachim Löw, Flick took charge of Germany following Euro 2020 and the DFB’s separation from Löw. The former Bayern Munich head coach has a contract until after Euro 2024.

GGFN | Daniel Pinder

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