Uncertain future: At FC Bayern, the bosses must now also be put to the test

Munich – Spanish newspaper ‘El País’ has made an interesting observation about FC Bayern after FC Villarreal’s surprising and well-deserved advancement.

Villarreal reached the semi-finals “after revealing the fate of the most consistent team in the Champions League in recent years”, writes the newspaper, “a team exhausted by an internal crisis which points to a change of cycle” .

Alphonso Davies came on late against Villarreal and was the center of attention from the start.

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Not disgusted, but not at all false if we look at the current situation in Munich: because after this bankruptcy everything will have to be tested. The AZ gives an insight into the construction sites, the uncertain future of Bavaria.

Who is coming? Ajax double pack, but not a Süle replacement (yet)

Midfielder Ryan Gravenberch (19) and right-back Noussair Mazraoui (24) arrive at Bayern in a brace from Ajax Amsterdam. They are valuable reinforcements in problematic positions, but they are not (yet) world-class players. Coach Julian Nagelsmann should mold them, it could take time.

The coach also wants a new chief of defense as Niklas Süle leaves for Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer.

But so far, it appears sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, technical director Marco Neppe and board boss Oliver Kahn are unwilling to sign a Sule replacement, preferring Benjamin Pavard as an in-house solution.

It could be revenge. One thing is clear: since David Alaba left Real Madrid, a strong and powerful conductor, “the organizer of defence”, as former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge put it, is missing.

Who goes there? Süle moves on to league rivals

Besides Süle, Corentin Tolisso (expired contract) is also leaving the club. Gravenberch must replace him. Replacements Bouna Sarr, Omar Richards and Marc Roca, who are not at Champions League level, are also likely to leave if there are offers for them.

And then there are still question marks with Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry, whose contracts expire in 2023. Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer are set to be extended until 2025.

With Gnabry, on the other hand, everything is open. The winger wants to move up in the salary bracket of Leroy Sané and Kingsley Coman. However, Gnabry is currently not showing the proper performance to justify this. Bayern could cash in big last time out this summer with a sale – but they would also need a solid replacement. Christopher Nkunku (24) from Leipzig would be one of those – but outrageously expensive.

What happens to the bosses?

“In the long term, a title is a bit small for us,” Honorary President Uli Hoeneß once told AZ and set the bar high with this formative phrase. Hoeneß is now “only” a mere member of the supervisory board, and former CEO Rummenigge has even completely disappeared from the circle of power in Munich. And their successors Kahn and Salihamidzic seem overwhelmed by the successor…

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FC Bayern Sporting Director: Hasan Salihamidzic

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While Salihamidzic regularly misses transfers, Kahn seals himself in Säbener Straße and is controlled by private consultants. This caused a lack of understanding, especially with Hoeneß, who wanted Kahn to be more brave and attacking in public.

“You have to set the direction. And for that you have to put your head out the window every now and then – even at the risk of getting wet”, said Hoeneß: “That is included in Oliver’s position: that you continue to make the position of the club clear to people. Oliver knows that very well.” But so far he has not implemented it enough, criticism within the supervisory board is growing – at Kahn and Salihamidzic.

Coach Nagelsmann, for whom Bayern have spent a lot of money, is more firmly in the saddle than the management duo, as is chairman Herbert Hainer.

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