Come the end of May there’s every chance that Bayern Munich could finish the season with another Bundesliga title and Champions League crown nestled in the club’s monumental trophy cabinet.
So far this term the German giants have already won both the domestic and European Super Cups, plus the FIFA Club World Cup. While they can’t complete the traditional treble for the second successive season, should they once again be victorious in both the league and on the continent then those two trophies will be the seventh and eighth won under the tutorship of Hansi Flick.
It would be an incredible haul given that Flick was only appointed manager in November 2019.
At the time of writing, Flick has accrued an 84% win rate from 75 games at the helm. An astonishing return. A few weeks ago he’d even won more trophies than games lost.
With the benefit of hindsight it’s now baffling to think that Flick was originally viewed as a stop gap following the exit of Niko Kovac. After all, he hadn’t managed outright in 14 years.
In the space of 18 months he’s since transformed Bayern into an all-conquering machine through his astute tactical knowledge, top notch communication skills, and ability to blend youth and experience into an almost perfect concoction.
Few would argue that Bayern are the best team on the planet.
However, a spanner was lobbed in the works earlier this month when it was revealed that Joachim Low will soon draw the curtains on his Germany tenure.
It’s Flick who currently features as one of the favourites (5/1) to succeed Low, who will depart after this summer’s European Championships, while Ralf Rangnick, U21s boss Stefan Kuntz, and young gun Julian Nagelsmann have also been touted as possible successors in the next Germany manager market.
Hansi Flick could have a huge decision to make this summer
At first you might question why on earth Flick would want to leave a club who are in the middle of such a dominant period; the scary thing about Bayern is many members of the squad are only in their early-to-mid-20s, so if they can keep this cluster of stars together for the foreseeable future then there’s every reason to believe that the juggernaut can roll on for years to come.
But, the Germany job simply doesn’t crop up too often.
When Low leaves in July his 15-year tenure - the current longest in international football - will have spanned three different decades and involved seven major tournaments.
Should Germany come calling, Flick could find the opportunity to manage his country simply too good to turn down. Even if that meant leaving Bayern Munich.
After all, Flick knows the national set-up extremely well given that he was Low’s assistant between 2006 and 2014 - which included the World Cup success - then he held the position of sporting director at the German FA through to 2017.
Flick already manages a host of the national stars, including Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sané, and Serge Gnabry while youngster Jamal Musiala recently made the decision to play for Germany over England.
He’s even got the green light from Low himself. “I think we all agree that Hansi has excellent prerequisites for leading top players,” he told Bayern 1 radio (quotes via kicker).
“The direction of the game, the game culture are of course very, very good under Flick. He can be imagined like some of the other candidates who are also being interviewed. Of course, the decision is not mine. I am very neutral on the outside because Hansi is of course still under contract.
Speaking of his contract, Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has attempted to swat away speculation that Flick could leave after he told newspaper Welt am Sonntag: "This has nothing to do with probability, it's a fact. I told Hansi that we are very happy with him, and that we would be well advised to fulfil our contractual agreement. I made that unmistakably clear."
Rangnick seems the most likely option at the moment but you simply can’t rule Flick out. We already know Jurgen Klopp isn’t getting the job, while Nagelsmann isn’t expected to venture into international management at such an early stage of his career.
However, if the DFB do want Flick to wave his managerial stardust on the national team then the 56-year-old will have a huge decision to make. Who knows, maybe he could even do both jobs simultaneously...