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Internal trench warfare? Why FC Bayern’s search for a coach is so bumpy

Uli Hoeneß

The search for a coach at FC Bayern is going bumpy. After the setbacks with Xabi Alonso and Julian Nagelsmann, the Munich club will have to settle for a „C solution“ in the summer. As has now become known, internal trench warfare at Säbener Straße is also complicating the search for a successor to Tuchel.

Even though FC Bayern is one of the absolute elite in European football, it is still difficult to find a new head coach on the Isar. The manager’s chair in Munich has become an ejector seat in recent years. FCB has burnt through three (top) coaches in the last three years.

As SPORT1 reports, there is another reason why the record champions are struggling to find a successor to Thomas Tuchel. According to the TV channel, there are too „many powerful and power-conscious men“ in the background. In particular, club patron Uli Hoeneß and former board boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge are said to be actively influencing the search for a coach.

Are Hoeneß and Rummenigge more than just advisors?

„Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and I are advisors, but we are not involved in the day-to-day business,“ Hoeneß recently emphasised when asked about Julian Nagelsmann’s failed comeback. According to information from SPORT1, the two Bayern bosses are involved in the search for a coach in much more than an advisory capacity.

According to the report, former club boss Rummenigge spoke out „vehemently against bringing Nagelsmann back“ and ultimately prevailed. Rummenigge’s veto is said to have deterred Nagelsmann. In the end, he decided in favour of an extension with the DFB.

Eberl is caught between two stools

Interestingly, while Hoeneß would have waved through a Nagelsmann return, Rummenigge is in favour of Ralf Rangnick, as SPORT1 reports.

This is not the first time that the two alpha males have wrestled over the best coaching solution for FCB. In the summer of 2008, Rummenigge prevailed against the will of Hoeneß and brought Jürgen Klinsmann to Munich. This experiment failed miserably. At the time, Hoeneß wanted to lure a certain Jürgen Klopp to the Isar.

In the summer of 2018, Hoeneß’s man Niko Kovac became the new Bayern coach. It is an open secret that Rummenigge did not support the signing of the Croatian. This experiment didn’t last too long either.

New sporting director Max Eberl is currently caught between two stools. Although the 50-year-old is generally considered to belong to the Hoeneß camp, Eberl does not want to get involved in the internal trench warfare. Even though the search for a coach is the responsibility of the sporting director, Eberl wants the supervisory board (with Hoeneß and Rummenigge) to be involved in the decision-making process.

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