Hansi Flick is a ‘possibility’ for Spurs, according to emerging reports this week…
That’s the latest claim from the Telegraph’s chief football writer Sam Wallace, who suggests that the departing Bayern Munich head coach is a ‘figure of interest’ for Daniel Levy.
The 58-year-old seems destined to take charge of Germany, with Joachim Low set to leave after this summer’s European Championships, but Spurs are seeking an established coach who has tasted success recently and Flick fits the bill, having won the Champions League and Bundesliga in the past year.
Julian Nagelsmann had emerged as a top target for Levy soon after the sacking of Jose Mourinho a month ago, though he’s set to be Flick’s successor at the Allianz Arena.
The RB Leipzig man isn’t the only manager to appear out of reach as it could prove to be a bank-breaker in trying to hire this weekend’s FA Cup winner Brendan Rodgers.
According to The Sun, it could cost in the region of £70m to secure the Foxes man, when factoring in compensation and wages. Given the current Spurs squad needs a drastic overhaul, it may not be wise to put weight behind that investment as it would only damage his transfer budget in the summer.
Instead, Flick appears to be readily available – for the time being – so Levy must make a play for him at all costs before it’s too late.
A UCL title and a key role in Germany’s most recent World Cup win is certainly appealing, as is his 81% win rate in charge of the Bundesliga giants – but of course, this can be overshadowed by the fact he inherited the bulk of the squad, and how they are always in control of their destiny.
However, his coaching has drawn praise from several other names across football, including Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, who have both been left impressed by Flick.
“We are so proud, I am so proud, a big congratulations for everyone, especially Hansi [Flick], the players and the backroom staff for this amazing thing,” claimed the City boss back in February.
Whilst Klopp told radio station ZDF: “Bayern are definitely, at the moment, an absolute, absolute, top team [under Flick]. The squad is sensationally well assembled. They have absolutely world-class players in every position and they’re the right age profile too.”
Described as having an “aggressive style of football” by ex-Bavarian midfielder Ciriaco Sforza, the 58-year-old has also been lauded for his personal skills, just as much as his coaching ability, by Germany legend Lothar Matthaus.
“In my eyes, the secret of this success lies in the harmony, cohesion, calmness and the way Hansi Flick treats his players,” he claimed via Sport Bild. “The way Hansi touched this team, no coach in Munich has ever succeeded. The most amazing thing is that he did it in just one year.”
That merely echoes the thoughts of Robert Lewandowski, who described his manager as a “great coach” and a “great person,” as per Bundesliga.com.
Spurs would, of course, be a different kettle of fish for the German. They have not tasted silverware since 2008, lost many a final since, and have a squad devoid of confidence – one that ultimately needs a shake-up.
Flick’s winning culture and impressive brand of football could be exactly what Levy needs to revive the North London outfit.
Players like Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son should make the job an attractive enough prospect, so if Levy can convince the outgoing Bayern man to join over the national side, then he could well be onto a winner.