At FC Bayern, there is currently a climate of crisis. Things are not only going well in Munich, not only sportingly, things are also simmering in Säbener Strasse. As well as chief team planner Hasan Salihamidzic, club boss Oliver Kahn is also facing growing criticism
“We are not going to burst into tears,” stressed Kahn after CL’s surprising loss to Villarreal. The 52-year-old was disappointed after the game, but his listless appearance caused displeasure from many fans, media and fans. The former titan goalkeeper now has to deal with the first real crisis with the record champions and can no longer content himself with managing the legacy of Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. While fellow board member Hasan Salihamidzic has come under fire recently, Kahn is now increasingly the center of attention.
Kahn’s lack of presence causes resentment in Munich
Kahn has been a member of the FC Bayern board for more than two years and took over management from Rummenigge last summer. The ‘puppy protection’ for the former Bayern professional has expired. Kahn has not (yet) appeared as a speaker. On the contrary, the CEO is almost never present in the media. During the Qatar crisis, Julian Nagelsmann repeatedly had to answer questions. Also in the current team debate, Kahn kauf refrains from making clear announcements and plays for time. Rather, he seems to be focused on the forward-looking strategy project “FC Bayern AHEAD” and seems to forget about the problems and challenges of here and now.
As the “SZ” reports, dissatisfaction is growing on Säbener Straße over the behavior of the club boss. “So far, remarkably little is known about a caring Kahn. Instead, in relevant circles, there is a certain silence between the new management and the football staff,” the newspaper reports, referring to the information from player circles and advisors.
Rightly, the ‘Focus’ wants to know that Bayern legend Uli Hoeneß is anything but happy with his successors. The septuagenarian has so far held back discreetly. Probably also because Salihamidzic, his own protege, is heavily criticized. However, it is only a matter of time before the éminence grise of Tegernsee takes the floor.
Bayern face revolutionary weeks and decisions
The coming weeks and months will be revolutionary for the German record champions. Contract negotiations with Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, Serge Gnabry and above all Robert Lewandowski will put Kahn and his management style to the test. Associated with this, the people of Munich are faced with a change in personnel. The numerous corona emergency transfers (Sarr, Roca, Richards) turned out to be a (financial) ballast. Head coach Julian Nagelsmann is now publicly calling for “fresh blood” and increasing the pressure on the management team.
Kahn himself stressed after the CL exit that Munich now had to draw the right conclusions from the loss in order to set the course for the future. It will be exciting to see what role he takes on himself.