Hans-Dieter Flick is happy to provide information on the past. Smiling, for example, he talks about the fact that the "relatively quickly" contract negotiations took place when Uli Hoeneß called in 1984 to lure him to SV Sandhausen at Bayern. This is a little different with information about the future.
"The future, after Saturday," the 54-year-old said Friday afternoon. In other words, Saturday after the best Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund (Saturday, 6.30 pm, live ticker Good king News ONLINE, TV: Sky) is a kind of new gift. And before that, it makes no sense to treat the boss's argument with him. "Bayern, who will make its decisions," said Flick when asked if his status could change from interim to head coach.
At the moment, it can be assumed that at the beginning of next week any modification of the contract will be "carried out relatively quickly". After all that has happened in the last few days, the scenario appears so just before the revolutionary game: Flick is in the mood for a protagonist. And if he and the initial training he chooses do not completely frighten the club's superiors, he will be allowed to take responsibility longer. Until the winter break, perhaps even in the summer.
Flick is authorized to calculate the possibilities
It is currently reported to Flick that it can calculate the possibilities. Compared to Sunday, when Niko Kovac after long discussions but has still turned back or maybe he was rather gone, the field of candidates has been greatly reduced: Ralf Rangnick has canceled, Arsène Wenger was clearly told that he would not even have brought into conversation necessity . The discussion on others, currently coaches with no available clubs, has been greatly flattened by the victory against Olympiacos Piraeus, although this success came quite clearly and was taken for granted.
Hoeness said nothing after that 2-0 win, but indicated he was in a good mood. Flick himself, but also sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, praised defensive stability against the Greek outsider. "I didn't understand", said the current coach on the whistles in the stadium and on the negative coverage. After all, he had given a clear order to the road, and this was not alone: fireworks. Of course, the Munich public has been "well spoiled in recent years" with an offensive show. But come back, it's not "from one day to the other". Defensive stability is the first priority.
And so Flick is trying these days mainly for normality. What players like Philippe Coutinho and Thiago, who were sitting on the bench against Piraeus, are angry? "Normal". Which fans expect more goals? "Normal".
Spectacle? Because, even if the service complies with the rule
The longtime coach Flick, who was the coach of the third TSG Hoffenheim division until 2005, does not seem to be playing poker and "all in". Of course, if you can achieve your goals with much less risk.
An example of his deliberation is curiously the use of a young man, to whom he assigns an important role in the last four: Alphonso Davies had done well as left-back, praised Flick Wednesday night. The offensive was indeed "still on the air". But in reality the 19-year-old Canadian, who scored a goal in the DFB Cup at VfL Bochum, had mainly implemented the requirements.
There are no more than two options: after the match against Dortmund Bayern will be satisfied with Flick's work – or not. In the second case, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Salihamidzic are again under the pressure of time, although the international pause slightly increases the room for maneuver. But if they are satisfied, everything seems to be a medium-term commitment. Candidates like Erik ten Hag or Thomas Tuchel may be interested in coming to Munich next summer.
But what if a successful Flick coach could imagine being an interim coach for seven months? It's too future for the moment.