Bayern Munich management on Thursday asked its supporters to stop their criticism of sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, in open conflict with coach Hansi Flick. A petition against Salihamidzic has already collected 70,000 signatures.
Bayern Munich management on Thursday asked its supporters to put an end to their “personal attacks” against sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, in conflict with coach Hansi Flick who wants to leave the club at the end of the season. season.
“Objective criticism is always permitted, but we condemn personal attacks and unrest in the strongest terms,” Bayern president Herbert Hainer said in a statement posted on the club’s website.
Tensions around recruitment
Tensions between Flick and Salihamidzic crystallized around recruitment. While Flick wanted to retain Jerome Boateng, Salihamidzic recently said the 32-year-old defender would not be offered an extension when his contract expires in July.
Although he won the Champions League in 2020 and a victory in Mainz on Saturday would secure Bayern a 9th consecutive Bundesliga title, Flick dropped a bombshell last weekend by declaring he wanted to be released from his contract.
Bayern fans are furious at what they interpret as Flick’s forced departure. This led to a flood of insults against Salihamidzic and the creation of an online petition “Pro Hansi Flick, Brazzo (Salihamidzic, note) out!”, Which on Thursday collected nearly 70,000 signatures.
“We understand that a coach would preferably like to have a squad of 30 top-level stars […] but we have the coronavirus and have to reckon with a loss of income of around 150 million euros “, justified the president of Bayern.
The supporters’ initiative aims to get a general assembly of club members to fire the 44-year-old sporting director, elected to the club’s executive committee last year, but Bayern officials are refusing to engage in discussion.