"Two more seasons?" - Bayern Munich midfielder Philippe Courinho (l.) has backed Hansi Flick (r.) for an extended stay as head coach. - © imago images
"Two more seasons?" - Bayern Munich midfielder Philippe Courinho (l.) has backed Hansi Flick (r.) for an extended stay as head coach. - © imago images
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Philippe Coutinho tips Hansi Flick for longer stay as Bayern Munich head coach

Philippe Coutinho has backed Hansi Flick to be made Bayern head coach on a permanent basis thanks to the positive atmosphere he is creating at the record German champions.

Flick stepped in as interim coach when Niko Kovac parted ways with Bayern in November, and the Bundesliga title holders announced in late December that the 54-year-old would remain in the role until the summer.

The former Bayern midfielder helped guide the club to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League with an impressive six wins from six in the group stage, and they also won their final three league games of 2019 to sit four points behind Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.

Watch: How Flick masterminded Bayern's 4-0 Klassiker win over Borussia Dortmund in November

Speaking before Bayern left their winter training camp in Doha, in-form attacking midfielder Coutinho suggested that the squad would be pleased to continue working with their current boss.

"Flick is doing a really great job," the Brazil international told Munich newspaper Az. "He has the potential to be Bayern coach for even longer – even beyond the summer.

"Every player is happy with him, so why not? But obviously that decision will be made by the top people at the club."

Watch: Coutinho was the star of Bayern's win over Werder Bremen 

Coutinho is certainly flourishing on Flick's watch, since he finished the first half of 2018/19 with an impressive record of seven goals and seven assists in 22 matches across all competitions. That included the most devastating display of his career in a 6-1 home success against Werder Bremen on Matchday 15, when the 27-year-old registered three goals and two assists.

Not the first Bayern player to praise Flick's impact, Coutinho says the squad are really enjoying how the former assistant to Germany head coach Joachim Löw has gone about his business.

"Hansi Flick is a really good coach," the Barcelona loanee said. "He's very open and speaks a lot with us players.

Philippe Coutinho is enjoying playing alongside Robert Lewandowski for Bayern Munich under Hansi Flick. - Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

"Flick plays his part in helping there to be such a good atmosphere amongst us. And when you’re having fun, it's much easier to do your job – during training and in matches."

Bayern, who lost a friendly game against local rivals Nuremberg this weekend, will return to competitive action on Sunday 19 January. Currently third in the Bundesliga, the record champions will travel to the capital for a reunion with their former player and coach Jürgen Klinsmann, who is currently in charge at midtable but fast-improving Hertha Berlin.