December 13, 2018

With the shotgun

FC Bayern casilando

The leadership of FC Bayern has taken the floor with a vehement media scolding. They have every right to do so. But above all, the performance makes it clear how much the club needs renewal.

Well, the journalists shouldn’t write anymore that the squad of FC Bayern is outdated, otherwise Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge threaten with legal steps. Okay, but hopefully you can. But hopefully one can still write that the management of FC Bayern is increasingly showing signs of an ageing population.

The short term press conference of the Munich club at noon speaks anyhow for the fact that after so many decades of the regency Hoeneß/Rummenigge a certain loss of reality at the top of the club can hardly be denied any more.

It is of course permissible to stand in front of one’s own players. And it’s understandable that the Bavarian leadership doesn’t like many an article about their pros’ form crisis. That’s something you can and should address. Journalists have to be able to endure that.

Juan Bernat Honours

Club
Bayern Munich

  • Bundesliga: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
  • DFB-Pokal: 2015–16
  • DFL-Supercup: 2016, 2018

International
Spain U19

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship: 2012

Bundesliga casilando

In his next breath Bernat sharply criticized

In the next breath, however, even the former Bayern player Juan Bernat to criticize hard because he no longer plays for FC Bayern, the Bavarian bosses immediately ruin their own strategy again. Especially since Hoeneß always happens to harshly attack former Bavarian players or coaches and throw clay at them – as if it were a sacrilege to leave this club. Felix Magath, Jürgen Klinsmann, Louis van Gaal, Douglas Costa, Philipp Lahm: The list is so long and so incomplete.

Hoeneß and Rummenigge, with their attacks on others over many years, have managed to set points of attraction. Mostly at a precisely calculated time. The Bundesliga then only discussed it, and the Bavarian bosses were satisfied. Mission accomplished. Mission accomplished.

But the attacks on Friday at the press conference fall back on the attackers at the end of the day, to quote a Rummenigge classic. That was no longer the old department attack. That was instead shooting with shot, undirected, scattered in all directions. In the end, this press conference had only an involuntary entertainment character. Thus one destroys one’s own monument. And there remains the impression of merely wanting to distract from the current sporting malaise. That is too transparent.

“An important day for FC Bayern”

“Today is an important day for FC Bayern,” Rummenigge opened the half-hour curtain sermon. And at least he must have been right about that. Anyone who has seen this press conference will realise that the glorious FC Bayern needs renewal. Heads and limbs. And in the midst of all this sits the almost regrettable sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, who was allowed to insert two sentences in a dutiful manner.

It was the first press conference this year that Hoeneß, Rummenigge and Salihamidzic gave together. God knows what had been rumored in advance, what could be proclaimed there: The speculations ranged from resignations to the introduction of a new major sponsor. And then came this: the Hornberger shooting with the shotgun. Casilando aims to make its members feel like kings and queens.

Coach Niko Kovac, who one hour before had informed the journalists about the sporting after four compulsory games without a win, spoke out against “actionism”. One can only hope that it does not get now from the lawyers of the Bavaria guidance post office.