The bombshell news that Germany head coach Joachim Low will not continue in his post after the European Championship this summer has ignited speculation as to who his successor will be.
Despite disappointments in the Nations League – including a 6-0 loss to Spain in November last year – and the failure to get beyond the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, Low will go down in ‚fussball‘ history for all the right reasons.
In 15 years as national team boss, Low won the World Cup in 2014, finished third in 2010, won the Confederations Cup in 2017 and reached the Euro 2008 final.
He also ushered in an era of attractive, attacking football that brought much joy to German supporters.
His shoes won’t be easy to fill, but various names have already been linked with the job.
Klopp would be the dream option for the German federation, but probably a pipe dream at that.
With a contract until 2024 at Liverpool and having publicly distanced himself from the role at this time, Klopp is an unlikely candidate.
It’s hard to imagine Flick would walk away from Bayern after enjoying such a successful first season, but it is a rumour that has been doing the rounds for a while.
One factor stoking these rumours is that Flick is very much seen as Karl-Heinz Rumennigge’s man at Bayern, but he has since been replaced as CEO by Oliver Kahn and Flick also has a difficult relationship with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
Flick has worked with Germany before, as he was Low’s assistant at the 2014 World Cup.
The former Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig boss is considered by many to be the guru who has influenced many other German coaches, including Klopp.
He has been one of the leading figures in Red Bull’s football project over the last decade but is said to be keen to get back into coaching after leaving his role as head of sport and development last summer.
Perhaps the most left-field shout so far, Matthaus is gaining some traction.
The German legend hasn’t managed since 2011 but, despite his less-than-stellar record when he did, he is still highly regarded in German football circles.