The German FA has announced the sacking of Hansi Flick as the country’s national team head coach just nine months before the upcoming Euro on home soil.
The DFB came to this conclusion a day after Flick led the Germany national team to a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Japan at home.
This comes after Germany’s recent struggles, including a group-stage exit at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Bernd Neuendorf, the president of the DFB, stated that there is a need for new energy and optimism in the national team, and sporting success is the top priority.
Flick’s assistant coaches, Marcus Sorg and Danny Rohl, have also been dismissed. Rudi Voller, Hannes Wolf, and Sandro Wagner will be in charge for Germany’s upcoming friendly against France in Dortmund on Tuesday.
The DFB aims to appoint Flick’s successor as soon as possible.
The 58-year-old started strong as the national coach, winning his first eight consecutive games in charge. He won just 12 matches in 25, and also failed to lead the German beyond the World Cup group stage, an exit which was considered as a low point.
Euro 2024 will kick off on June 14, with the final scheduled for July 14 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
The final tournament draw will take place in December this year, with Germany automatically seeded in pot 1 as hosts.
Italy is expected to defend the Euro trophy that was won in 2020 after beating England on penalties at Wembley.