The dismissal of goalkeeper coach Toni Tapalovic and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s reaction to it continue to make waves at FC Bayern. Now more details came to light.
How sports1 reported, coach Julian Nagelsmann is said to have toyed with the idea of changing to the position of goalkeeping coach shortly after taking office in the summer of 2021 and beyond. But the negotiations with Neuer that were ongoing at the time about extending his contract until 2024 probably put a spanner in the works.
Neuer is said to have gotten the promise from those responsible that Tapalovic would remain his goalkeeping coach. With this commitment, Neuer also extended his working paper ahead of time.
It is also said that, contrary to speculation, Neuer has no problem with Nagelsmann having more and more intensive discussions about tactics with midfielder Joshua Kimmich than with the keeper. Nagelsmann is said to have informed Neuer early on that he saw Kimmich as his direct contact within the team.
Neuer’s anger therefore comes primarily from the surprising dismissal of Tapalovic, who is not only a long-time confidant of the keeper, but also a close friend.
Meanwhile, Bayern have apparently found a successor for Tapalovic. How sky reports, Michaelrechner will be the record champions’ new goalkeeping coach. The 42-year-old comes from Nagelsmann’s former club TSG Hoffenheim, they both know each other from their times together in Kraichgau. Neuer is said to have been informed of the decision several days ago. Loud table football Due to the contract in Hoffenheim, which runs until 2026, a mid-six-digit transfer fee will be due.