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Why it could now be uncomfortable for Oliver Kahn



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After the unexpected exit from the Champions League, the pressure on FC Bayern Munich is increasing. In addition to Hasan Salihamidzic, CEO Oliver Kahn has been criticized for lack of leadership and lack of communication. The Soccer Column.

In contrast to many FC Bayern supporters, Oliver Kahn didn’t seem to have been bothered by the bitter defeat in the Champions League.

In any case, his almost impassive appearance after the 1-1 draw on Tuesday evening caused many observers to shake their heads. In view of the unplanned knockout against underdog Villarreal, the boss of the German record champions said that “we would not burst into tears.”

Even the day after, you didn’t get the impression that the embarrassing bankruptcy against the seventh-placed team in the Primera Division had caused him a sleepless night.

While coach Julian Nagelsmann was back on Säbener Straße after a short night’s sleep from 8.45 a.m., Kahn only enjoyed breakfast with his wife just under an hour later in their favorite cafe in the posh suburb of Grünwald, like them picture researched.

“This trio bears the responsibility”

If the former Titan read there, he will have read little that was edifying – about his club, but also and above all about himself. “Kahn, Salihamidzic, Nagelsmann – this trio is responsible, this trio makes too many mistakes. The grace period has expired for everyone!” Wrote the picturewho, as usual, hit it hard after an early Bayern exit.

But things didn’t get any better in other media either. “His ancestors Hoeneß and Rummenigge will listen carefully to how their successor behaves in his first test: whether he is able to give the club a direction again. One could doubt that in the end,” she said Southgerman newspaper about Kahn’s performance so far.

The judgment of two former teammates of the former FCB goalkeeper, who as experts have long been the chief critics of their former club, was even harsher. “Oliver Kahn spoke plainly as a player. It would be nice if he would return to that position,” Lothar Matthäus demanded table football

Hamann: “The biggest problem is the lack of leadership”

Dietmar Hamann went one step further. “The biggest problem is the lack of leadership. Nobody takes responsibility and that’s how they play football,” he explained sky-Expert. “The self-discovery phase must finally be over. Oliver Kahn has to speak up on certain topics and set verbal accents.”

This opinion is also shared by other experts, who become even clearer in the confidential conversation. It is also, but not only, about the very reserved appearance of the CEO in public. “The silent boat” was the headline a few weeks ago sports picture and addressed, among other things, his absence at the farewell party of the former DFL managing director Christian Seifert.

At the meetings of the 36 first and second division clubs, Kahn has often sent other board colleagues forward, and in contrast to numerous Bundesliga bosses such as Rudi Völler, Fredi Bobic, Oliver Mintzlaff, Alexander Wehrle or Christian Heidel, he was absent from the DFB Bundestag.

FC Bayern: Kahn’s aloofness causes frustration

The aloofness is also said to cause frustration and a bad mood at the office for some Bayern employees. Kahn only surrounds himself with a small circle of confidants, in contrast to the times of Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the doors are no longer open, and sometimes you don’t even know when and how long the boss is in the house at all to hear again and again.

The lack of presence apparently also affects the team. “So far, remarkably little has become known about a caring Kahn, instead, from affected circles there is talk of a certain speechlessness between the new management and the football staff,” analyzed the SZwhose information corresponds to the statements made by players and advisors.

In summary, the Kahn critics, whose number is expected to have increased significantly after the end against Villarreal, lack leadership, communication and orientation. “The hope was that he would come up with a clear concept after the years on hold. But that hasn’t been the case so far,” says an insider. “The clear line is missing.”

Uli Hoeneß is obviously not satisfied with his successors

In this context, reference is repeatedly made to an older man at Tegernsee, who is said to be extremely unhappy about the current developments at his heart club: Uli Hoeneß is said to be anything but satisfied with his successors in the Bayern leadership. Of course, no one will confirm that, but the unrest is already big enough.

“This end will and must have repercussions that could be tantamount to a turning point. If FC Bayern wants to continue to be involved in the concert of Europe’s greats, changes and a relentless analysis are required. There can be no ‘keep it up’,” he wrote table football.

Many long-time observers also draw parallels to the major defeats in Bayern’s history, which have often led to extremely drastic measures. About the separation from the then Hoeneß successor Christian Nerlinger after the three missed titles in 2012. Do the current successors of Hoeneß and Rummenigge also have to worry? Unlikely, but uncomfortable it should be.