Does FC Bayern need a new head of sport?
Yes, and Salihamidzic should admit that to himself
The “pro by Robert Hiersemann, Head of Sport
Of course, FC Bayern needs a new sports director. Hasan Salihamidzic is not the right man. And anyone who is whistled at by their own supporters at the fan reception – as happened last weekend – should finally admit it to themselves. Certainly: If he stays in office, the Bavarians will soon be completely overwhelmed.
His transfer record is disastrous. He brought in Lucas Hérnandez for 80 million euros, Leroy Sané for 60 million, plus Bouna Sarr and Marc Roca. And he loaned Coutinho out. Nobody really took off.
He also lacks the sense for the right moment. Salihamidzic had the Bayern professionals fly on a short vacation to Ibiza before a Bundesliga game and was photographed dancing in a club on Mallorca a little later. A catastrophe for the external impact of the World Association. Is that still FC Bayern?
Salihamidzic just isn’t smart enough for this important job. And he lacks the format for this position at Germany’s largest club.
Bayern now need a serious, clever, experienced manager. One like Max Eberl. Someone who handles the deals in the background and doesn’t get bogged down in public with constant water level reports.
No, Salihamidzic will deliver now
The contra from Florian Wichert, Deputy Editor-in-Chief
FC Bayern has apparently put (almost) everything on the Haaland card. With their interest in the Norwegian, the bosses around Salihamidzic have taken the risk of scaring Lewandowski away. You gambled and lost. Haaland goes to Manchester City and Lewandowski wants to leave.
Haaland is 21, Lewandowski 33 anyway. Salihamidzic did everything right. He had to try and thought about the future of the club. Lewandowski has a contract until 2023. Bayern must now insist that he fulfills it – and at the same time has a year to look for a successor.
Salihamidzic has done well as a sports director. In his five-year tenure, he won 14 titles, including the Champions League.
Clearly, not all of his transfers were hits, but: With Alphonso Davies for only 10 million, he discovered and brought in what is perhaps the best left-back in the world, and also extended the contracts of numerous top players for the next five years – from Kimmich, Goretzka or Coman. And with Nagelsmann he has committed the perfect successor to Hansi Flick.
The following applies to both Nagelsmann and Salihamidzic: The pressure is growing, they have to deliver. But that’s exactly what they will do now.
What do you mean? Who is right?
In “Duel of the Week”, Florian Wichert (Deputy Editor-in-Chief at t-online) and Robert Hiersemann (Head of Soccer and Sport) comment on current soccer topics on a weekly basis. Watch the format in the video above or from 10.30 p.m. on free TV as part of “Bundesliga Analysis” on Sport 1.
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