Salihamidzic slams Neuer: „Would have expected different behavior from a captain“.
Manuel Neuer’s interview is currently causing quite a stir in soccer Germany and, above all, a lot of unrest at FC Bayern. The 36-year-old goalkeeper has publicly attacked the club and sharply criticized the sacking of his close confidant and Toni Tapalovic. According to Hasan Salihamidzic, he has thus put his personal interests above those of the club. The 46-year-old made it clear that the Bayern bosses are disappointed by the statements of their captain.
After club boss Oliver Kahn, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic has now also spoken out about Manuel Neuer’s explosive interview. Unlike Kahn, the Bosnian had much harsher words for Neuer: „I understand that Manuel is personally affected. But I would have expected different behavior from him, especially as the captain,“ he explained in an interview with german newspaper „BILD am Sonntag“. The 46-year-old also stressed that it had been a „humanly difficult decision“ for all involved to part company with Tapalovic. But this had „nothing whatsoever to do with Manuel,“ Salihamidzic assured.
„We will discuss this rationally with him internally“.
According to rumors, Neuer is facing a massive fine because the interview was not authorized by the club. Ex-Bayern pro Philipp Lahm had to pay almost 50,000 euros for a similar offense back in 2010. Salihamidzic: „If there are consequences, we will first talk about it with Manuel himself. But we will discuss it rationally with him internally.“
The Bayern sports director makes no secret of the fact that those responsible at Bayern are disappointed with Neuer and his actions: „The disappointment that he describes because of Tapa’s release, that also prevails with us, because Manuel has put his personal interests here above the interests of the club.“
Neuer had sharply criticized the club management of FC Bayern for the separation of goalkeeper coach Toni Tapalovic in an interview with the „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ and „The Athletic“. According to the paper, this was „the most brutal“ thing he had experienced in his career so far: „For me, it was a blow when I was already down. I felt like my heart was being ripped out.“
Personally feel with the new management of Salihamidžić and Oliver Kahn, we are loosing the team unity and respect for our clubs legends. It’s sad to see this type of attitude and reckless management coming from our own former players. Kahn used to be one of my favourite in the early 2000s now he just seems like a silent audience who gives in to bully nature of Salihamidzic.
Don’t know the inside story but from the press it seems we lost a couple of key performer because of Salihamidzic’s ego, like:
1) Hansi Flick: Hansi won everything for us when Salihamidzic ex-colleague almost lost us Thomas Muller. Flick revived the team and went on to win 6 titles under one calendar year. But due to Salihamidzic we lost a good manager who understands the players.
2) Alaba: David is a club legend, from our academy along with Basti and lahm, he has given his best performance for us every time but due to Salihamidzic who thinks he does not deserve a raise and we are still spending insane amount of money finding a defender and we gifted Alaba to our UCL rival who went to win CL last year.
3) Lewa: We lost our top goal scorer who could have stayed with us for a couple of more seasons and even hinted of retiring with us, but no, Salihamidzic thought he is a smart and cheeky, the guy goes to negotiate with Halaad knowing that Halaand had no interest in us and does not have the courage to own up and this lead to us loosing Lewa to another UCL rival who is now making La Liga looks like a farmers league.
Now we are at the verge of loosing Neur who has also serving us, he is our current captain but the disrespect our management is showing to Neuer and our past legend mentioned above should be un-expectable by us fans. We need a new management team who understands the players and fans emotions also maintain our club finances and not run it to the ground.
Hope get a better management team who can take care of our players so they can always relate to us like how our past legends has always loved our club.