After a crushing 1-4 defeat to japan on Saturday, the pressure on Germany’s head coach Hansi Flick was finally relieved. The former Bayern Munich manager was dismissed after an underwhelming spell in charge of Die Mannschaft that culminated in the German national side facing a five game winless run.
However, after a dismal performance at the 2022 World Cup – where Germany exited during the group stages for a second consecutive tournament – there was reason to believe that Flick may have parted ways with the national side sooner. Nonetheless, with Euro 2024 less than a year away, the DFB had to act fast to prevent further embarrassment on home soil.
Nevertheless, there is no ill-feeling towards Flick from the German locker room. İlkay Gündoğan, who was recently appointed as the captain of the national side by Flick, commented on the head coach’s departure on Instagram:
“Thank you for the time together, the mutual appreciation and the cooperation, Hansi. You are a great person and coach – it is a great shame that we as a team could not repay your great trust in us. As a team, we will continue to try to learn in order to come back stronger for a successful home European Championship in 2024 – also for you! I wish you all the best for the future!”
As to who will succeed Flick is yet to be known, but currently, Julian Nagelsmann is the favourite to take charge. However, for the upcoming game against France on Tuesday, Rudi Völler will temporarily step into the dugout for Die Mannschaft.
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