Despite their 10th consecutive title, Bayern Munich are facing their most turbulent summer in a long time. With Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry, two famous stars could leave the German record champion. There are also discussions about sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
Uli Hoeness once jokingly referred to herself as “Mother Teresa,” referring to an Indian nun who died in 1997. Through her work for the poor of Calcutta, she gained an image (often questioned in the meantime) as an unconditional benefactor and even She won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Last Sunday, the former director, president and chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bayern Munich snuck in as a lion defending its cub.
“Young man” Hoeneß is Hasan Salihamidzic, the club’s sporting director and longtime stepson of the actor, who appointed him as sporting director to the management team in 2017 and who is said to be in frequent contact today.
Bayern Munich: Criticism of “hunting” on Hasan Salihamidzic
A “hunt” for the former professional player from Munich is currently taking place in the media, Hoeness complained and opposed the increasingly vocal criticism of Salihamidzic’s transfer policy.
“He was not the only one responsible for the new arrivals to Bayern Munich,” Hoeness said. “There is always one to be chosen. When we won six titles, I never heard anyone chant ‘Okay, good.’ Now that we haven’t won the Champions League, it’s his fault now. It can’t be that.”
Hoeneß’s angry and defensive speech went so far as to say that the association should prevent unwanted journalists from reaching the Holy of Holies on Säbener Strasse for a “week”.
“Brutal” pressure on Hasan Salihamidzic
In fact, Salihamidzic is shot in many places and from almost all tubes, if you want to stick with the usual sports reporting language.
“Salihamidzic is fighting for his job,” Bild titled and stated that the pressure on the 45-year-old had increased “brutally” given the many unfortunate decisions in recent months.
The newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung” also called for “clear decisions” by the leaders of Bayern Munich. Wanted “above all” Salihamidzic.
Almost ubiquitous in the media, national record player Lothar Matthaus has been criticizing his former teammate almost every week for some time now. The 61-year-old even discussed a possible Khalifa issue with former Borussia Mönchengladbach manager, Max Eberl.
Bayern let Robert Lewandowski fidget
In particular, Robert Lewandowski’s reason lies with Salihamidzic, who is of course primarily responsible for staff planning because of the job description.
For a long time, officials have left Bayern Munich’s second-best scorer in history to agonize when it comes to contract extensions. Also, according to reports, because they tried so hard to get Erling Haaland to sign until the end.
It wasn’t until the end of April that Salihamidzic and CEO Oliver Kahn had an initial conversation with Lewandowski’s advisor Benny Zahavi, during which the club’s ideas for the 33-year-old were discussed in a non-committal manner.
Statement against statement at Bayern Munich
In any case, Lewandowski made it clear after the last Bundesliga match in Wolfsburg (2:2) over the “Sky” microphone that he had “never received an offer” from Bayern Munich – and wanted to leave Munich this summer.
Before the match, Salihamidzic also submitted the change request from the professional that FC Barcelona presented to the public for the first time. However, he said, Lewandowski turned down an offer from the club – a classic case of “statement against statement”.
A few hours later, Bayern Munich fans made it clear to which team they were in the fray.
Ironically, on Saturday evening at the opening ceremony in the beer garden in Neucherburg, several hundred supporters of Saleh Hamidi blew loudly. For Lewandowski, on the other hand, there were the chants of “Lewy, Lewy.”
Munich newspaper “Abendzeitung” recently reported that approval for Salihamidzic is also waning within the club. So the squad of Bosnian defenders is smaller. Extending his contract, which expires in 2023, has not been a problem so far, and early dismissal is possible.
The influence of Oli Hoeness protects Hasan Salihamidzic – for now
However, it is questionable how realistic this scenario is in reality. Hoeneß is no longer officially an operating office at FC Bayern.
Given his seat on the supervisory board and his services to the club, his behind-the-scenes influence should be enough to keep a protective hand against Salihamidzic – at least for the time being.
Because if the controversial sporting director doesn’t once again have a fortunate hand in orchestrating Lewandowski’s inheritance, his chair could really start to wobble.
Serge Gnabry before leaving Bayern?
Especially given that with so many discussions about the goalkeeper’s future, there is another personal question that also requires clarification soon: the future of Serge Gnabry. The player’s contract with Bayern Munich expires in the summer of 2023.
Talks about the extension have been going on for months. However, there are still “differences of opinion” between the two parties, club president Herbert Hainer revealed in “Sport 1” on “Doppelpass” on Sunday. In plain language: Gnabry is asking for more salary than Bayern Munich wants to pay.
If there is no sign of an agreement yet, according to “Kicker”, the club’s management does not want to go into his final year with the 26-year-old, but rather sell him this summer.
Salihamidzic is threatened with further changes to the squad – and Bayern Munich is threatened with turbulent weeks.