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When Hansi Flick stepped into the Bayern Munich breach 18 months ago, handed the job on an interim basis following the departure of Niko Kovac, the expectation was a man who hadn’t coached a club team since Hoffenheim in 2005 was little more than a short-term stop-gap, a bench-filling presence until the arrival of a Max Allegri or Mauricio Pochettino. 

Instead, Flick is walking away from the Allianz Arena less than two years later with his head held high. Which is some achievement given the colossal weight of all those winner’s medals hanging around his neck. 

In the space of a season and a half, Flick, a Bayern legend as a player, has become a Bayern legend as a manager too.

He has lifted a staggering seven trophies, including a second successive Bundesliga title following Saturday’s 6-0 shellacking of Borussia Monchengladbach. 

Not only did Flick preside over a stunning spell of success, masterminding that 8-2 triumph over Barcelona, a historic treble and a Champions League crown, he also succeeded in elevating the already irrepressible Robert Lewandowski to another level. 

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Bayern’s pristine Pole was arguably the greatest striker in world football when Flick took over in November 2019. By the time the 56-year-old leaves at the end of this month, Lewandowski can lay claim to being the greatest footballer on the planet – let alone the greatest number nine. 

And the admiration between player and coach is mutual. 

“What Flick did will go down in history. It’s something epic,” Lewandowski, who has scored a staggering 46 goals in 38 games this season, explains to Tuttosport, paying tribute to his dearly departing boss. 

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If Flick can turn Lewandowski into a footballing Robocop, dispatching every opponent with machine-like precision, while transforming Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman into world-class performers, imagine what he could do to a talented yet underperforming Tottenham squad?

The Telegraph reports Spurs have expressed an interest in hiring Flick as Jose Mourinho’s replacement. And, while Flick is still expected to take over from mentor Joachim Low at the helm of the German national team, he remains on the market for now. 

In just 18 months, Flick proved himself a serial trophy winner, a man willing to go to war for his players, forming tight-knit bonds off the pitch while evolving promising individuals into bloodthirsty beasts. 

You can see why Tottenham would want a man loved by Lewandowski – and Bayern.

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