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Bayern Munich announce Hansi Flick as manager until the summer

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Bayern Munich have appointed Hansi Flick as their coach until the end of the season, the Bundesliga champions have announced.

Flick, 54, was promoted following Niko Kovac's dismissal in early November. He was originally appointed for two matches against Olympiakos in the Champions League and against Borussia Dortmund in the league. But two wins earned him the trust of the club and squad to continue until the winter break.

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"I'm happy that FC Bayern is continuing to place trust in me as head coach," Flick said. "I really enjoy working with the team and the coaching team.

"We have achieved a good starting position for the second half of the season in the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Champions League. 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."

CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added: "We at FC Bayern are very satisfied with Hansi Flick's work. 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."

In November, Bayern had been linked with several top managers such as Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel. They will now have time to bring in a new head coach for the 2020-2021 season.

There had been several indicators in recent weeks that Flick would lead Bayern into the second half of the season, and, following Saturday's 2-0 win against Wolfsburg, the Bavarians have now made it official.

In the Bundesliga, Flick's Bayern remain in contention for an eighth consecutive title although RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach remain ahead of them going into the winter break. They currently sit third -- four points behind leaders RB Leipzig.

Bayern also won all of their six Champions League group matches, three of them with Flick in charge, and have been drawn against Chelsea in the round of 16.