Hasan Salihamidzic was apparently not the first choice for the role of sports director at Bayern. As the journalist Ronald Reng reports, Uli Hoeneß is said to have had other plans at the time.
In 2017 Hasan Salihamidzic took over the office of sports director at FC Bayern, and in 2020 he was promoted to director of sports. But actually the then president of the club, Uli Hoeneß, should have had a different name in his sights – Miroslav Klose.
The current co-trainer of Hansi Flick, who is toying with an exit these days, is said to have been asked at the time. “When Hoeneß told me at the time that they had asked Miro Klose, I knew how desperately they were looking,” Reng wrote in his column for Sports buzzer. He continued: “Klose was able to assess himself well enough that he refused the post. He had a lot of football competence, but no management experience. So Hoeneß and Rummenigge ended up with the next career starter: Salihamidzic.”
At that time, a successor to the sports director Matthias Sammer, who had resigned a year earlier, was desperately sought. According to rumors, the people of Munich are said to have asked Max Eberl from Borussia Mönchengladbach or the former Bayern captain Philipp Lahm, among others. Both refused, reportedly out of concern that they would not be given the necessary freedoms under President Hoeneß and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Klose recently expressed himself thoughtfully about the current situation at Bayern. Across from picture said the 2014 world champion: “What makes me think is how people are communicating with each other right now. To have respect for each other, even if you don’t always agree, that is absolutely necessary! Uli and Kalle have made this club a world club made because it was always about FC Bayern and not about personal vanities. “