The new assistant next to Marcus Sorg plays a key role under national coach Hansi Flick.
Hansi Flick is full of praise. Danny Röhl, enthuses the future national coach, is an “absolute expert who shares my ideas about football”, has “a very good vita” and is “a very important man by my side”. How vital, the so highly acclaimed had proven by the end of May as Flick’s right-hand man at Bayern Munich – and should now also do it at his side with the national team.
It has long been more than an open secret what the German Football Association announced precisely one week after the failure at the European Championship: Flick will keep Marcus Sorg, whom he is very familiar with, as an assistant – and add Röhl to his coaching staff. According to the DFB, the post of national goalkeeping coach, which Andreas Köpke vacated rather unexpectedly, will only be refilled at a “later date”.
Köpke announced that after 17 years, he was “no longer available” because, from his point of view, “new impulses are needed” so that Flick can get the national team “back on the road to success”.
Kimmich calls for a new approach to counter-pressing
These impulses should not least come from Röhl. The only 32-year-old “flick whisperer” is supposed to help the DFB-Elf out of their greatest weakness and give them a modern style of play.
“The reason for the poor performance was that we didn’t manage to counter-press the opponent to make mistakes. We did it badly against the ball and very, very badly after losing the ball,” said Joshua Kimmich after the almost – Out against Hungary in the preliminary round (2: 2). Throughout the tournament, analyzed the pioneering football thinker Ralf Rangnick, the DFB-Elf had “never seen an early start as a pattern”.
A case for Röhl. He is considered a pressing expert at the Leipzig School. Thanks to him, Bayern successfully chased their opponents, especially in the 2020 triple season.
Rangnick calls him a “top man” Flick says: “As far as the game philosophy is concerned, we have the same idea. That is important.” Oliver Bierhoff as national team director, certifies Röhl “great football expertise and innovative spirit”.
Flick’s “tactical genius” at Bayern
Who is this Danny Röhl? Born in Zwickau, he was active in his youth for the ESV Lok and the FSV, but numerous injuries slowed him down. During his sports studies in Leipzig, he played underclass with the reserve of FC Sachsen and in Eilenburg. Still, after a cruciate ligament operation, he told the “Free Press”, “I let it be” – he then entirely focused on the coaching career.
In 2010, Röhl started with the offspring at RB Leipzig, rose to the pros as an analyst in 2014. He worked for Ralph Hasenhüttl, among others, who promptly took him to Southampton FC in December 2018 and left him with large parts of the training control. Niko Kovac brought Röhl – and Flick – to Munich in the summer of 2019. After Kovac’s dismissal, the “tactical genius” (“tz”) became Flick’s “shadow man”.
Flick experienced Röhl as a loyal helper. Röhl, on the other hand, R<UNK>hl said the cooperation with his boss is “characterized by respectful interaction, great appreciation and good communication”.
Every employee feels “unbelievable appreciation”, can “contribute to their specialist area and suggest their ideas. The focus is on us.” All of this leads to “a great working atmosphere”.
Flick would like to achieve this with his assumption of office on August 1st at the DFB. Andreas Köpke will no longer benefit from this.