The former assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick, 51, has stepped down from his role as sporting director of the German Football Association, according to reports from the European country.

Flick, who is also nicknamed Hansi has been in the game for some time now. He assisted Joachim Low, the national team coach from 2006 until the team claimed their world cup victory in 2014.

At the end of the tournament in Brazil the former Bayern Munich midfielder became the sport director, but the DFB recently confirmed that they had hesitantly accepted his decision to step down two years early.

Flick said that his departure is not coming as a result of any sporting career, but that he is leaving for specific reasons that have to do with his family.

“There are currently no other sporting ambitions, nor are there any problems. The only reason for leaving is my personal desire to concentrate more on my family in the near future,” he said.

The president of the DFB, ReinhardGrindel agreed that Fick had achieved a great deal over the past 10 years in German football with the DFB. He went on saying how deeply hurt he was to see Flick step down, but they had to respect his desire.

The temporary replacement for Flick has been annonunced to be Horst Hrubesch. Hrubesch who helped Germany finish second place at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Reports in Germany say he could snap the permanent role with time if he performs well. Germany has been undergoing a lot of evolution as players and coaching crew seem to be aging. The continuity and structures in place has been helping them remain relevant.