FC Bayern and head coach Hansi Flick agree extension
FC Bayern and Hansi Flick are extending their cooperation. As a result of positive talks in a spirit of good faith, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, board member Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić have agreed a contract extension with the head coach until 30 June 2023.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: "FC Bayern are very satisfied with Hansi Flick's work. The team has developed very well under him. They're playing attractive football, which is also reflected in the results. We're the only German club still present in all three competitions. In addition, I like the way he leads the team. His qualities as a person are convincing, he has empathy on his side. FC Bayern trust Hansi Flick, and we're convinced we'll continue to achieve our goals with him in the future."
Hasan Salihamidžić: "From the first day Hansi took over, we had a plan for managing the situation. Hansi initially took charge for two matches, then until Christmas, then there was an agreement that he'd be our head coach until the end of the season. Hansi abided by it with loyalty and discipline, that's one of his qualities. Another factor is the results Hansi has achieved with our team. The results speak for themselves. Hansi and I know the ways we want to take the team forward. Football is facing huge challenges. We think Hansi is the right head coach for these times too."
Hansi Flick: "I'm looking forward to taking on the upcoming tasks along with my staff and the team. The talks with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidžić were very good and in a spirit of good faith. We've determined the direction for the upcoming years. I'm sure we can achieve a lot together."
Oliver Kahn: "It's important for FC Bayern that a coach understands the club's philosophy. Hansi was a player and later an assistant coach at FC Bayern. Now he's head coach for the long term. We're heading in a good direction. Hansi knows the club's mentality, he knows maximum success is the benchmark for FC Bayern, and I'm delighted we can develop our idea of the club and of football along with him in the years to come."
Hansi Flick, 55, was a Bayern player from 1985 to 1990. He won four German championship titles (1986, 1987, 1989, 1990), the DFB Cup (1986) and the Supercup (1987) with Bayern. He was also a 1987 European Champions' Cup finalist. After his pro career he took his coaching licence from the German Sport University Cologne, graduating as valedictorian in 2003. He started his coaching career at FC Victoria Bammental in the fourth division.
He gained more experience as TSG Hoffenheim head coach and as Giovanni Trapattoni's assistant at Red Bull Salzburg, before Germany head coach Joachim Löw called him up as his assistant in 2006. After the victory in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Flick took over as DFB (German Football Association) sporting director. He went on to be managing director at TSG Hoffenheim before returning to FC Bayern as assistant coach in the summer of 2019.