Bayern quake in master luck

Bayern quake in master luck
President Herbert Hainer (left) remains in office, Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic had to go.
Image: GEPA pictures/ Witters/ Joerg Halisch


Kahn and Salihamidzic at Thomas Tuchel’s presentation in March.

After outraged tweets, Kahn struck a conciliatory tone. “We will sit down – when everything has cooled down – and talk about everything in peace,” said the 53-year-old via “Bild” in the direction of the club management.

Nevertheless, it remains a disturbing Munich championship weekend with discord and drumbeats. Even though the FC Bayern footballers in dirndls and lederhosen were able to be celebrated with their trophies by thousands of fans dressed in red and white on Marienplatz on Pentecost Sunday.

Right in the middle was Salihamidzic, who, unlike Kahn, first shared in the 2-1 win in Cologne, then celebrated with the team and finally resigned in style as a loyal servant of the club. “I would have liked to continue,” said the 46-year-old, but he went “without resentment”. Even his patron saint, Hoeneß, gave him a thumbs-up.

Kahn gone, Salihamidzic gone – this ended a Munich chaos season marked by a lot of unrest, a much-discussed change of coach from Julian Nagelsmann to Thomas Tuchel and clearly missed goals. Joshua Kimmich, who criticized the club management for the timing of the double kick, spoke of an “extremely tough year”.

“Of course it surprises you on the day of the championship that something like this happens. I think you could have waited two or three days, regardless of whether the decision is good or bad,” said the international. “We also have a political issue in the club now, which also clouds this victory and this extreme championship, this extreme willpower a bit,” complained coach Thomas Tuchel as well.


Kahn and Salihamidzic at Thomas Tuchel’s presentation in March.

“Restart” was the catchphrase that club president Herbert Hainer and longtime CFO Jan-Christian Dreesen, who was promoted to succeed Kahn, gave at a press conference in the Allianz Arena on Sunday. The 55-year-old Dreesen actually wanted to leave the club shortly after ten years. “My life plan was different. But I said yes with complete conviction,” said the East Frisian, who incidentally could have switched to the German Football League as managing director.

Dreesen spoke of a “team” that he wants to gather around him. This should include the long-standing CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who is to be elected to the supervisory board this Tuesday. With his experience and his international network, the 67-year-old should provide football expertise and contribute his transfer skills.

In addition, Mister X is wanted. As the new sports director, “a rough calibre” is being sought, as Hainer said. “We are already on the way, we have ideas.” Hoeneß’ favorite is said to be Max Eberl, who only joined RB Leipzig as sports director a few months ago after a private break. Eberl has a Bayern past as a player. And Hoeneß once wanted him as the successor to Matthias Sammer. You want to take your time now. According to Hoeneß, the new one should be found by Christmas at the latest.

Hoeneß and Rummenigge, the old Bavarian grandees, pull the strings again. The 71-year-old Hoeneß, together with Hainer, also held separation talks with Kahn and Salihamidzic last Thursday after the supervisory board had made its decision early on. “It worked very well with Hasan,” reported Hainer. “The talks with Oliver didn’t go so well, they were very emotional.” There was no “amicable solution”.

When asked if it was a mistake to make Kahn Bayern boss, Hoeneß replied: “In retrospect, you have to say so.” The honorary president complained about a “catastrophically bad mood” and “total hectic pace” in the club, which he blamed on Kahn and his advisors. “Even if he hasn’t lived up to expectations as CEO, my door is always open to Oliver,” said Hoeneß.

Everything escalated to the point that Kahn was no longer wanted as a grandstand guest in Cologne, where Jamal Musiala caused an emotional explosion with his goal in the 89th minute. Kahn tweeted that he was “banned from traveling by the club”. He also rejected “the allegation that I freaked out when I was informed about the recall”.

Not only Tuchel now sees a personnel vacuum at the Munich club. “My two main contacts are no longer responsible. We have to find a new structure,” said the coach. Säbener Strasse must become a “resting place” again. “And then we will step on the gas to make the best possible decisions.”

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