Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer defends Hasan Salihamidzic

Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer defends Hasan Salihamidzic. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer defends Hasan Salihamidzic. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich is likely to undergo a coaching change in the summer after Hansi Flick confirmed his wish of leaving the role after the win against Wolfsburg. The German manager has guided Die Roten to every possible trophy during his 18-month tenure.

Flick’s wish to leave Bayern has been down to the vacancy at German National Team after Euros 2020. Joachim Low will be stepping down after the tournament. The majority of German media outlets have reported that Flick is the prime candidate to replace Low.

Along with the vacancy at the German National Team, the rift between Hansi Flick and Hasan Salihamidzic regarding transfers has also been regarded as a key reason for the possible departure of the German manager. Flick has previously insisted that differences with Salihamidzic have been sorted.

Salihamidzic has been under scrutiny regarding transfers ever since he got the role in 2017. The former Bavarian is being criticised by fans for the possible departure of Flick. While speaking to Sky Sports, Club president Herbert Hainer defended Salihamidzic regarding transfer dealings in pandemic affected market.

"“We all understand that the coach demands new players, and also top players, so that we can maintain this level. But we have had a pandemic since March 8 and no more spectators in the stadiums.”“The task of a sporting director is to take into account not only the sporting aspects but also the economic ones. Basically, it’s inherent in the system that a coach has more short-term success in mind, while a SD also has to calculate in the medium to long term.”"

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After winning the treble last season, Die Roten didn’t have a fruitful summer transfer window. They finally managed to sign Leroy Sane from Manchester City, but other targets arrived late in the transfer window. Moreover, the club also lost a key player as Thiago Alcantara left Bavaria to join Liverpool.

Throughout the summer, Rekordmeister wanted to sign Sergino Dest from Ajax as an understudy of Benjamin Pavard. They eventually lost the young promising full-back to Barcelona. Bayern ended up signing Bouna Sarr from Marseille on the final weekend of the transfer window. Sarr has endured a poor debut season due to inconsistent performances and injury issues.

Along with a good right-back, Flick reportedly wanted another wide player. To his credit, Salihamidzic did try to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea, but the London-based club was not ready to entertain offers for the young winger. Moreover, the operation to sign Ivan Perisic was expensive, so eventually, they had to settle with a one-year loan deal for Douglas Costa. The Brazilian winger has also turned out to be a disappointing signing.

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Flick’s frustrations are understandable, but Salihamidzic’s hands are probably tied due to the pandemic. It is such a shame that such a remarkable tenure of Flick is being abruptly ending in this manner. Die Roten has insisted that a decision will be made later this month, but it will take a massive u-turn from Flick to stay at the club beyond this season.