Why FC Bayern are threatened with a troubled summer

Despite the tenth championship title in a row, FC Bayern is facing the most turbulent summer in a long time. With Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry, two famous stars could leave the German record champions. There are also discussions about sports director Hasan Salihamidzic.

Uli Hoeneß once jokingly referred to herself as “Mother Teresa”, alluding to the Indian nun who died in 1997. With her work for the poor in Calcutta, she gained an image (which is often questioned in the meantime) as an unconditional benefactor and even won. Nobel Peace Prize.

Last Sunday, the former manager, president and chairman of the board of FC Bayern slipped into the role of a lioness defending her young.

Hoeneß’s “youngster” is Hasan Salihamidzic, the club’s sporting director and protégé of the longtime doer, who he appointed as sporting director of the management team in 2017 and with whom he is said to be in constant contact today.

FC Bayern: Criticism of “hunting” on Hasan Salihamidzic

A “hunt” for the former Munich professional is currently underway in the media, Hoeneß complained, opposing the increasingly vocal criticism of Salihamidzic’s transfer policy.

He was “not solely responsible for newcomers to FC Bayern,” Hoeneß said. “There’s always one selected. When we won six titles, I did not hear anyone shout ‘Hasan, Hasan’. Now that we are not winning the Champions League, now it’s his fault. It can not be.”

Hoeneß’s angry and defensive speech went so far as to say that the association should deny unwanted journalists access to the most sacred on Säbener Strasse for “a week”.

“Brutal” pressure on Hasan Salihamidzic

In fact, Salihamidzic is being shot at in many places and from almost every tube if one wants to stay in the language of sports reporting.

“Salihamidzic is fighting for his job,” the headline “Bild” and stated that the pressure on the 45-year-old has increased “brutally” given the many unfortunate decisions in recent months.

“Süddeutsche Zeitung” also called for “clear decisions” from Bayern executives. “Over all” Salihamidzic is required.

And record-breaking national team player Lothar Matthäus, who is almost ubiquitous in the media, has been criticizing his former team-mate almost every week for some time. The 61-year-old even discussed a possible successor to Borussia Mönchengladbach’s ex-manager Max Eberl.

FC Bayern charge Robert Lewandowski fidske

In particular, Robert Lewandowski’s case falls on Salihamidzic, who, of course, is mainly responsible for staff planning due to the job description.

For a long time, those in charge let the second-best goal scorer in FC Bayern’s history tumble when it came to extending the contract. Also, according to reports, because they diligently tried to get Erling Haaland signed to the last.

It was not until late April that Salihamidzic and CEO Oliver Kahn had an initial conversation with Lewandowski’s adviser Pini Zahavi, in which the club’s ideas for the 33-year-old Pole were apparently discussed in a rather non-committal manner.

“Statement against statements” at FC Bayern

In any case, Lewandowski made it clear after the last Bundesliga match in VfL Wolfsburg (2: 2) on the “Sky” microphone that he “had not received an offer” from FC Bayern – and wanted to leave Munich this summer.

Before the match, Salihamidzic also made the change request for the first time from the professional to whom FC Barcelona proposed. He said, however, that Lewandowski had rejected an offer from the club – a classic case of “statement against opinion”.

A few hours later, FC Bayern fans made it clear which side they were on in the conflict.

Ironically, several hundred Salihamidzic supporters whistled loudly at the title party opening in the beer garden at Nockherberg on Saturday night. For Lewandowski, on the other hand, there were “Lewy, Lewy” chants.

Salihamidzic’s approval is also dwindling in the club, Munich’s Abendzeitung reported recently. The team of proponents of the Bosnian is therefore smaller. An extension of his contract, which expires in 2023, has so far not been a problem and a premature separation is possible.

Uli Hoeneß’s influence protects Hasan Salihamidzic – so far

However, it is doubtful how realistic this scenario really is. Hoeneß officially no longer has an operational office in FC Bayern.

Because of his place on the board and his services to the club, his influence behind the scenes should be enough to keep his hand protective over Salihamidzic – at least for the time being.

For if the controversial sports director once again should not have a lucky hand in regulating the Lewandowski legacy, his chair could seriously begin to falter.

Serge Gnabry before leaving Bayern?

Especially since in the shadow of the many discussions about the goalkeeper’s future, another staff issue also needs clarification soon: the question of Serge Gnabry’s future. The national player’s contract with FC Bayern also expires in the summer of 2023.

Talks about an extension have been going on for several months. However, there are still “differences of opinion” between the parties, as club president Herbert Hainer revealed in “Sport1’s” Doppelpass “on Sunday.In plain language: Gnabry demands more salary than FC Bayern want to pay him.

If there is still no sign of a deal, the club management, according to the “kicker” will not go into his final year with the 26-year-old, but rather sell him this summer.

Salihamidzic is threatened with further squad changes – and FC Bayern with turbulent weeks.

Tobias Knoop

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