Jerome Boateng leaves. And he doesn’t “go through the big goal”, as Hasan Salihamidzic claims. FC Bayern Munich has treated him too disrespectfully for that in recent years. Hansi Flick’s annoyance is understandable. A comment.
The collaboration between FC Bayern and Jerome Boateng will end on June 30, 2021. “The contract,” said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic minutes before the somewhat insane Champions League quarter-final match against Paris Saint-Germain, “will not be extended.”
So far, so understandable. The club would like to take a new path, with Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez, Tanguy Nianzou, Niklas Süle – if he stays – and possibly the currently still awarded Chris Richards a strong and developable central defense for the coming years.
The separation from 32-year-old Boateng is therefore not surprising. Just as little as the way of separation. To punctuate the information at the beginning of the week to the press and then to pronounce it so dryly just before an important game, fits very well with the general dealings of Bayern managers with the defender in recent years.
A regrettable, because unworthy and sometimes disrespectful way of dealing with them. Salihamidzic’s words that Boateng say goodbye “through the big gate” are all the more out of place. The opposite is the case. FCB pushes it out of the Allianz Arena through the small hatch.
FC Bayern: This is how the bosses put Hansi Flick off
Sure: Boateng himself is responsible for barely becoming a part of the Bayern family in his ten years in Munich. But the grandees of the German record champions – even before Salihamidzic’s term in office – never treated him like the deserved player he is because of his successes.
Be it the “Back-to-Earth” appeal from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge four and a half years ago, the “friendly advice” from Uli Hoeneß in the middle of the 2019 championship celebration to look for a new club or the latest statements from Hoeneß on RTL, he would rather take Mats Hummels to the European Championship instead of Boateng because the Bayern professional is not needed – none of that was Bayern-like. And contributed a lot to the current annoyance of coach Hansi Flick, the coach who made Boateng the Boateng again, who had been one of the key players in the 2013 triple victory.
“I know it from Bayern Munich that you always support your players,” said Flick on Good Friday in the direction of Hoeneß. What the trainer thought of Salihamidzic’s appearance before the PSG game was revealed by a look at his face at the press conference. When asked about Boateng’s departure and the associated unrest before the game, instead of “that’s okay” or “we agreed that” was “I don’t want to answer this question”. Telling, as are the cryptic words that the coach pushed after: “I have to act a little, that’s part of the coaching job.”
The fact that FC Bayern is now sorting out the defender should not please the coach, who is currently being secretly courted by the DFB. The way does the rest. “You will have to plan without Hansi,” said Bavaria’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently The Athletic In the direction of the DFB: “My experience tells me that coaches who work well at Bayern have to be looked after and kept over the long term.” At the moment, the Bavarian grandees are more likely to work on the opposite.