Hansi Flick has been sacked as Germany manager after a terrible run of four wins in 17 games for the Euro 2024 hosts.
Huge questions were asked after the humiliating 4-1 defeat to Japan in Wolfsburg on Saturday night.
There were high hopes for Flick to succeed in the position after a successful spell as manager of Bayern Munich.
Flick vowed to keep fighting after the defeat, but his tenure as his country’s manager ended on Sunday at a five-star hotel in the city where his final match handed him an embarrassing defeat.
PICTURE revealed that he was informed of his decision by the president of the German Football Association (DFB), Bernd Neuendorf, and the director of the national team, Rudi Voller.
Hansi Flick has been sacked as Germany coach after a poor run of four wins in 17 games.
Germany’s heavy 4-1 defeat to Japan in Wolfsburg on Saturday evening proved too much for Flick.
Flick vowed to keep fighting after the defeat, but was informed on Sunday by national team director Rudi Voller (right) and DFB president Bernd Neuendorf that he had been sacked.
The players were then summoned to the five-star Ritz Carlton hotel in Wolfsburg, where they were informed of his dismissal before he said goodbye.
At 5:23 p.m., three DFB shuttles left the hotel through the rear of the hotel exit, with Flick and his assistant coach Marcus Sorg leaving the German camp ahead of their friendly match against France on Tuesday.
Voller is said to have fought for Flick not to be sacked immediately, making a “strong argument” for not getting rid of a manager between games.
However, it was Voller who revealed the negotiations would take place on Sunday, after saying the 4-1 defeat to Japan was a “disgrace” and in a message to the players said they “couldn’t shit their pants now.” .
He said after the loss to Japan: “We are all still in shock. Losing 4-1 is a shame.
“We should all take a good look at ourselves and see what happens next. We’d all do well to sleep on it tonight.
“I just spoke to Hansi – he is deeply affected. We’ll talk tomorrow about why this happened. It was embarrassing.
But 24 hours later, after being unable to convince other German officials to keep Flick, he spoke of the importance of bringing in a coach who can bring them back to the “level they expect”.
Voller, who will take over against France, has told other officials that Flick should keep his job for Tuesday’s friendly.
The decision was taken at Ritz Carlton Hotel where the German team is staying in Wolfsburg, with Flick leaving in a DFB shuttle at 5:23 p.m.
He said: “I will therefore temporarily take care of the national team for the only match against France with Hannes Wolf at my side.”
“The most urgent task will then be to hire a national coach who will quickly realign our team and prepare it for next year’s big European Championship, which we all hope will bring positive impulses for German football and for our entire country. country.
“A national coach who will then, in the long term, bring the national team back to the level we know and expect of it.”
When he spoke to reporters after Germany’s loss to Japan, Flick had the air of a man who knew everything was on the wall, even though he had outwardly declared that he was ” the ideal man for the job.”
After the match, he told reporters: “I know there is a dynamic in football and I can’t predict what will happen, but from my side we are trying everything to prepare the team well. “
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“I think we’re doing a good job and I think I’m (the right man for the job),” he said when asked specifically about his future.
But pressure has increased on the DFB from fans, as well as media outlets like BILD calling for his dismissal.
BILD brutally described him as the “worst national coach ever”, while claiming they were lucky to be the hosts of Euro 2024 as they “probably wouldn’t have qualified”.
Jurgen Klopp is seen as Germany’s right man for the job, although the Liverpool manager is unavailable at the moment.
Julian Nagelsmann is described as the current top candidate, while Eintracht Frankfurt’s Matthias Sammer and Matthias Sammer – who has not managed since 2005 but has held a behind-the-scenes role with Germany and Bayern Munich since then – have also been linked to work.