Bayern Munich: Oliver Kahn unfazed by recent speculation and criticism

Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn unfazed by criticism and speculation.(Photo by Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn unfazed by criticism and speculation.(Photo by Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images) /

The last few weeks for Bayern Munich have been difficult across all three competitions. They have been eliminated from DFB Pokal and Champions League, while Borussia Dortmund is ahead of them in the Bundesliga with five league games to go. The performances from players have dipped at a crucial juncture of the season.

The club hierarchy is under pressure after recent poor results. They made the ruthless decision to part ways with Julian Nagelsmann at the end of March and appoint Thomas Tuchel as the new head coach. This move has not worked well as they would have hoped, with Tuchel winning two of their seven games across all competitions.

Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn has been subject to significant criticism in the past couple of weeks. The former German goalkeeper is at the risk of getting sacked from his position. Reports in Germany have said that a final decision on his future is set to be taken during the supervisory board’s meeting at the end of the season.

Despite speculation and criticism, Oliver Kahn is upbeat about getting Bayern back on track sooner rather than later. While talking to TZ this week, Kahn insisted that he is not getting worked up by the recent criticism as he remains focussed on getting things right on and off the pitch for Bayern.

"“As I said, I like to deal with criticism as long as it doesn’t become personal. But I do know one thing: the club is a giant financially and in excellent health.”“What matters is that the leadership remains calm, and that will be the case this time too. That’s what FC Bayern stands for, and that’s what I personally stand for – with all my passion.”"

Along with Kahn, Hasan Salihamidzic and Herbert Hainer are also expected to be under scrutiny if Bayern fails to win a major trophy this season. The Bavarian club has won at least one big trophy for the last ten years, so ending the campaign with just DFL Supercup will be a major failure.

Oliver Kahn also insisted that Bayern has not given up the motto of Mia San Mia despite the recent developments. He believes that Rekordmeister will come out of this situation stronger than ever, as they have always done in the past.

The former German goalkeeper remains confident about winning the Bundesliga title. Rekordmeister has a chance of going top of the points table this weekend since Borussia Dortmund dropped points against Bochum on Friday.

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Oliver Kahn also hinted about the potential arrival of a new striker in the summer. The Bavarian club is reportedly ready to smash their record transfer fee to get a new number nine. Die Roten had often struggled for goals in decisive games this summer after the departure of Robert Lewandowski in 2022, so signing a striker is set to be a priority for Bayern.