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Bayern quake in master luck
Kahn gone, Salihamidzic gone – the supervisory board around club patron Hoeneß takes a rustic approach at Bayern. Dreesen becomes boss, Rummenigge active again. A “large caliber” is still being sought.
In the most emotional champion’s happiness for more than two decades, the supervisory board around club patron Uli Hoeneß triggered a gigantic Bayern earthquake – and Oliver Kahn even became a Twitter rage for a while.
In outraged tweets, Kahn, who was deeply affected by the decision and even more by the process of his replacement as CEO in the spectacular Bundesliga season finale, initially forced the break with his heart club over the Pentecost days before he struck a conciliatory tone via “Bild”. “We’ll sit down – when everything has cooled down – and talk about everything in peace,” the 53-year-old communicated to the club’s 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 ex-sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, who has to go like Kahn, but unlike his partner, he 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 – with this bang 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.
FC Bayern before “restart”
“Restart” was the buzzword that club president Herbert Hainer and Jan-Christian Dreesen, who was promoted to succeed Kahn for many years, gave out at a press conference in the Allianz Arena. 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.
Mister X – who will be sports director?
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.
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”. Expensive severance payments are also coming to the club.
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”. Basically, he was surprised at the “activism” of the club before the Bundesliga final. Hainer, on the other hand, spoke of “warning signals on and off the pitch” that forced action. “The season didn’t go as we had imagined,” he said.
Dreesen new Bayern boss
Key roles are now played by Dreesen, who has a two-year contract, as the new boss, but also by Tuchel. The master trainer, who was hardly in a celebratory mood, is considered a key figure in the sporting arena. Tuchel has concrete ideas. “My two main contacts are no longer responsible. We have to find a new structure,” said the 49-year-old. Säbener Strasse must become a “resting place” again. “And then we will step on the gas to make the best possible decisions.”
New personnel are also needed in the team. A center forward and a top six should come, and the return of captain Manuel Neuer in goal is considered a stabilizing factor. “In the summer we’ll really push the thing again,” announced Tuchel. Master hero Musiala set the goals: “Next year we will really fight for all the trophies.” But then without the ex-bosses Kahn and Salihamidzic.