Bayern Munich have announced that caretaker manager Hansi Flick will remain in charge of the club until the end of the season.
Flick made the step up after Bayern Munich parted ways with Niko Kovač earlier this year and it was suggested that the 54-year-old would only be in place until the Bundesliga's winter break.
But following meetings with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Hasan Salihamidžić, Bayern Munich have now confirmed that Flick will stay in charge until the end of the season.
In their official announcement, Bayern Munich also state that Flick "is explicitly a viable option" to get the job on a permanent basis beyond next summer.
"We at FC Bayern are very satisfied with Hansi Flick’s work," chairman and CEO Rummenigge said upon the announcement. "Under him as head coach, the on-field development has been outstanding, both in terms of the quality of our play and the results achieved.
"We set a new record in the 28-year history of the Champions League with six wins in six matches in the group stage, and in the Bundesliga, we have returned to touching distance of the top of the table.
"I am convinced that FC Bayern will continue next year where we left off in the last few games, namely playing attractive and successful football. On behalf of FC Bayern as a whole, I wish Hansi Flick every success."
Although Bayern Munich had originally planned to appoint a new head coach during the winter break, waiting until the end of the season will open up the possibility of Erik ten Hag of Ajax or Thomas Tuchel of Paris Saint-Germain taking over at the Allianz Arena.
Both managers have already confirmed they will not leave their respective position midway through a season.
"I’m happy that FC Bayern is continuing to place trust in me as head coach. I really enjoy working with the team and the coaching team," Flick said after being confirmed as Bayern Munich's manager for the remainder of the season.
"Now we're recharging our batteries, and we'll prepare ourselves intensively for the second half of the season at the training camp. Then we’ll try to achieve as many victories and titles as possible."
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