Hansi Flick has announced that he will leave his post as Bayern Munich coach at the end of the season.
His future has been shrouded in doubt and controversy amid rumours linking him with a move to become the German national team coach, while there has been talk of a breakdown in relationships between himself and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić.
And Flick rocked the football world on Saturday afternoon, by announcing that he is set to leave Bayern at the end of the season, following the German champions' 3-2 victory over Wolfsburg.
“I told the team today that I would like to get out of my contract this summer. I already told those in charge after the Champions League knockout during the week," cites TZ.
"I wanted to tell the team personally. I also want to thank the club that gave me the opportunity to coach this team."
Flick has been at the helm for Die Roten since the winter of 2019, leading the German giants to an incredible treble in his debut campaign, and they look set to defend their Bundesliga crown again this year. They sit seven points clear at the top of the table with only a handful of matches remaining, all-but securing their place at the top of the tree.
Flick's departure will come as a huge blow to Bayern, after he took over during a rocky period in the club's recent history under Niko Kovac. He now looks set to become the German national team coach once Joachim Low departs after the Euro 2020 tournament this summer, meaning Die Roten are already on the lookout for a new man to take over.
RB Leizpig coach Julian Nagelsmann is the strong favourite to get the job, while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has also been linked with the German giants.