Barcelona or Premier League? Modified man Hansi Flick able to return to administration


From certainly one of Europe’s most-wanted managers to the primary coach sacked by Germany – Hansi Flick’s profession has been a rollercoaster over the previous few years.

Following a spectacularly profitable spell with Bayern Munich, on 10 September he made historical past when he was dismissed by his nation after a 4-1 pleasant defeat by Japan made it three losses in a row.

For the German federation it was the final straw of Flick’s two-year reign, coming after their elimination from the 2022 World Cup group stage, the place they misplaced their opening recreation in opposition to Japan.

When he left Bayern to take over as nationwide staff coach, he did so having achieved one of many biggest runs within the membership’s historical past, successful two Bundesliga titles, the Champions League, the German Cup, the German Tremendous Cup, the Uefa Tremendous Cup and the Membership World Cup.

When Flick’s Bayern gained the Champions League in 2020 they have been the primary staff to take action with a 100% report.

He coached Bayern to the Treble, the second within the membership’s historical past, and gained 83% of his matches in cost, managing a median of three objectives per recreation.

The 59-year-old is now seeking to get his managerial profession again on monitor with various high golf equipment from round Europe – together with Barcelona and from the Premier League.

He’ll return a modified man. A hip substitute has left him pain-free following years of discomfort and lack of sleep.

His renewed health has allowed him to the touch base once more along with his oldest pals together with Pep Guardiola at Manchester Metropolis and his former colleague Danny Rohl, presently seeking to flip issues round at Sheffield Wednesday, plus Roberto de Zerbi at Brighton.

Bayern Munich throw Hansi Flick in the air after winning the Champions League
Hansi Flick was Bayern Munich supervisor from 2019 to 2021

Would Barcelona be a very good match for him?

One place many are saying might be his subsequent port of name is Barcelona – and he’s very a lot on the shortlist to exchange Xavi who might be leaving on the finish of the season.

It would not be an issue for him to settle in Spain as a result of he has, for the previous 15 or so years, loved holidaying on the small Spanish island Formentera. Whereas he isn’t presently fluent in Spanish, it will not take him too lengthy to grasp the language.

What he might be searching for wherever he goes is a spot to start out a brand new venture, the place he can benefit from the assist of everybody on the membership or on the very least the highest man, which at Barcelona can be Joan Laporta.

At Bayern he loved an exquisite relationship as a pal and colleague with former participant and board member Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Making an allowance for that Barcelona is a soccer membership replete with politics which appears to be completely residing by a messy civil conflict, it isn’t a perfect state of affairs for him, though not essentially a deal breaker.

The rationale for that’s he’s no stranger to inner battle and, regardless of his successes with Bayern, it wasn’t all plain crusing on the German membership.

He determined to not renew his contract with them and opted as a substitute for the publish of Germany head coach due to his variations with then sporting director on the membership, Hasan Salihamidzic, who was sacked in Could 2023.

In an ideal world Flick would love to affix a membership the place peace and concord reign.

What he would discover if he joined Barcelona is a membership the place nearly everybody – from supporters to administrators, to a very demanding media – expects the brand new particular person on the helm will lastly be the brand new ‘Pep’ they’ve been searching for since Guardiola left the membership in 2012.

They’ll then proceed to analyse and scrutinize each single remark he ever makes, and the model he performs. Flick affords trendy, high-tempo, offensive, pressure-high soccer, and collective high quality. However he won’t ever be Pep Guardiola. No person will.

If he does find yourself within the Barcelona sizzling seat, he’ll look to reassure everybody on the membership that it’s a household, however as everyone knows, households combat.

This another than most, and Flick can be most involved to make sure that when the inevitable arguments ensue, he enjoys the arrogance and backing of people who make up the successful facet.

How would Flick settle in Premier League?

Flick is a giant admirer of the Premier League and has big respect for the extent of teaching, which he believes is astonishingly good.

The Premier League can be an amazing match for him and the media would love his transparency and honesty.

Wherever he has labored as a coach he has been revered by the media, not simply due to the respect he reveals everybody, however as a result of along with being seen as a very good coach, he’s typically seen as a very good, honest interviewee.

In contrast to many different managers, together with current incumbent at Bayern, Thomas Tuchel, Flick will at all times look to spice up his gamers, not discuss them down. Flick will be robust however will at all times current a united entrance to strengthen his gamers.

He can do all that in excellent English.

What sort of coach is Flick?

Flick may be very a lot a product of the varsity of footballing obsessives.

Whereas Guardiola and De Zerbi are fixated with possession of the ball and controlling the sport, his concepts are extra involved with mixing a direct method with possession.

Regardless of the significance of organisation and dealing to set plans, he’s additionally eager to make sure his gamers can play to their full potential and never be hamstrung by too many guidelines and rules. He understands how necessary it’s that every one gamers needs to be allowed to precise themselves on the pitch.

In that philosophy he in all probability allies himself extra intently to the ideologies of somebody like Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta.

He’s as comfy coping with the highest personalities within the recreation as he’s bringing in kids, and believes in a philosophy that calls for honesty from all events.

Flick believes each participant must know what they must work on in the event that they need to enhance. It was him and his staff that noticed the uncooked expertise of Jamal Musiala, who seems on his approach to turning into one of many high world skills and who Flick drafted into his Bayern squad when simply 17 years outdated.

And whereas his work with Germany was removed from an unqualified success, he will be pleased with a few of the younger gamers he introduced into his squad, together with Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Florian Wirtz, AC Milan defender Malick Thiaw and Brentford ahead Kevin Schade.

However as a lot as Flick likes to work with younger gamers, he’s additionally very conscious that a mixture of ages is necessary. He is aware of that not everybody can play like Musiala and that some gamers want steering and parameters to have the ability to be one of the best they are often.

He likes to play a urgent recreation, with and with out the ball, and is happiest when having possession within the opponent’s half.

As a coach, regardless of residing by an period that’s turning into increasingly more pushed by information, Flick strongly believes in trusting his instincts, one thing that shone when his Bayern Munich facet gained the Champions League in 2020.

It was a courageous resolution for him to drop Ivan Perisic from his beginning line-up earlier than the ultimate in opposition to Paris St-Germain and herald Kingsley Coman, particularly after the Croatian had carried out so effectively for him in earlier rounds.

However Flick felt Coman’s need in opposition to his former membership would make the distinction and, as a lot as his resolution harm Perisic, even the Croatian stated after the sport that it was the fitting one.

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