Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper legend Sepp Maier (77) has harshly criticized the record champions for saying goodbye to assistant coach Hermann Gerland (66). Maier was also skeptical about future coach Julian Nagelsmann – and confirmed that the club had lost the “Mia san mia” mentality.
“Tiger” Gerland will leave Bayern in the summer after 25 years at the club – one year before the contract expires. Gerland said he had asked Bayern to terminate the cooperation: “Together we came to the conclusion that we would terminate my contract. I will always remain connected to FC Bayern and its great fans.”
Still an absurdity for Maier. “What you did with Hermann Gerland is awesome. He did everything that was possible for FC Bayern and what was in his power,” said the long-time goalkeeper and later goalkeeping coach of Bayern Sport1. “He promoted the next generation and did his best with the professionals for years. So many new jobs have been created in the club, but it is incomprehensible that you cannot find a position for such a man.”
It is still open who will be Julian Nagelsmann’s assistant coach in the coming season, including Alfred Schreuder from FC Barcelona. Maier is not convinced by the young trainer who is coming to Munich from RB Leipzig. “I don’t know if you will be so happy with Julian Nagelsmann. I am very skeptical,” he said. “He has not yet been successful. Almost every coach at FC Bayern has had successes and won titles before.”
As for Bayern, Maier “doesn’t feel good in my skin”: “It started with the argument between Hansi Flick and Hasan Salihamidzic. Something is no longer right. Hopefully Olli (Board Oliver Kahn, editor’s note. Red.) back under control. I have a bad feeling, I hope I’m wrong. “
Sepp Maier: “Mia san mia” no longer exists at Bayern
In the past, players stayed with a club for their entire career, said Maier. “You identify with the club when, for example, eight players from your own youth play in the first team. But there is no such thing nowadays.”
Maier himself stood between the posts at Bayern from 1962 to 1979. With the German national team he became world champion in 1974.