Germany Watch: Hermann Gerland has joined Germany’s World Cup coaching staff to keep Hansi Flick under control

For a very long time, Hermann Gerland was the assistant coach of Bayern Munich.

That tenure ended the same time Hansi Flick walked away from the Bavarians. He was recently assistant coach of the German U-21 national team under coach Antonio di Salvio, and now Hansi Flick is keen to bring Gerland to the World Cup as part of the coaching staff for Germany.

Having worked with Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti makes Gerland quite an experienced candidate and Flick agrees, explaining that this is the reason for the addition to Süddeutsche Zeitung (as transcribed by kicker). “When he watches games for us, I can rely on his judgment 100%. His analysis is often a pleasure,” Flick said, praising the 68-year-old for his judgment and experience.

“His coaching career is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement,” continued Flick. “Which players were with him and later became world stars! Without him, young Thomas Müller would probably have ended up at Hoffenheim,” said Flick, speaking of Gerland’s eye for talent.

“But not only his good eye, but also his direct style will do us good in the tournament. I need coaches who don’t say: Great, coach, great job, you’re the best. I want coaches who also say: Hansi, I don’t think that’s right,” he said, citing Gerland’s straightforwardness. “All of our trainers do it in their own way. But Hermann is particularly good at it because of his extensive experience,” Flick said.

Citing an example of Gerland’s direct and honest nature, Flick spoke about the end of his tenure at Bayern where he made some bad decisions. He revealed that it was Gerland who approached him and pointed out that it was not the players who were at fault, it was Flick himself.

It’s certainly also the case that Flick doesn’t like the image Gerland has in public. The former Bayern assistant manager is known for his tough tactics and ‘old school’ coaching methods. We remember his infamous kopfballpendelwhich Bayern players have used time and time again to improve their heading skills,

“Do you know what really bothers me? When Hermann is always called: Oh, old school! That’s what they sometimes say about him at Bayern. It pisses me off,” Flick said, expressing frustration at the same time.

Certainly Flick is looking forward to Gerland’s expertise, honesty and insights – as these are elements that could take Germany very far at the World Cup.