Hans-Dieter Flick had been Bayern Munich’s interim manager for little over four months when he agreed a contract to remain in his position on a permanent basis until June 2023. Appointed Niko Kovac’s assistant towards the start of 2019/20, he succeeded the Croatian on a temporary basis in November before so convincingly overseeing 18 victories from his 21 matches in charge that Bayern had little need to make another of the high-profile managerial appointments they had become accustomed to.
Flick spent five years playing in midfield for Bayern during the 1980s when, alongside Lothar Matthäus and others, he made 137 appearances in the process of winning four Bundesliga titles and the German Cup. He was also Joachim Löw’s assistant with the Germany national team from 2006 to 2014, and was therefore particularly familiar with some of Bayern’s most recognisable players, those he most notably galvanised before leading them to the Bundesliga title and the Champions League. “The club is very happy with Hansi Flick’s work,” said their chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge upon Flick signing his contract. “The team has developed under his leadership and we’re playing attractive football, which is reflected in the results.”