FC Bayern announced in a surprise move, the appointment of Matthias Sammer as the new sports director of the club. He replaces Christian Nerlinger, who was in the position since 2009.
Christian Nerlinger, was not able to fill the position left by Uli Hoeness as sports director with distinction. Apparently, the shoe was too big for him. He was not able to shake off the influence of Uli Hoeness.
Take the signing of players to Bayern Munich for example. Usami, Petersen and Rafinha did not improve the fortunes of the team.
He was also an acolyte of Louis Van Gaal, although the other members of management were already interested to sack Van Gaal during his reign.
In a press statement by FC Bayern, “the analysis of the last season clearly showed differences in concept between the management and Christian Nerlinger. Therefore both agreed to terminate the working relationship to begin the new season.”
Matthias Sammer will perform his new role as “head of licensed players activities.” Sammer has been the sports director of German football association,former coach of Borussia Dortmund and VFB Stuttgart.
The goalkeeping position in Bayern Munich since Oliver Kahn’s exit has been permanetly rotated. The instability has affected the fortunes of the club like in other positions on the field.
Thomas Kraft who was designated as the number one keeper under the ex coach Louis Van Gaal,after the winter break, is scheduled to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season. His contract will not be renewed because of discrepancies between Kraft and Bayern Munich. He wants to be the number one keeper but Bayern can not give him the guarantee. Kraft is already negotiating with Hertha BSC.
Joerg Butt, the new old keeper of Munich has extended his contract for another year till 2012. Butt is ready to play the nominal role as second choice, if negotiations with Manuel Neuer of Schalke comes to fruition.
The sport director of Bayern Munich, Christian Nerlinger, once said,Bayern Munich is not a training ground for young talents. It is no surprise that Kraft and former keeper, Micheal Rensing, could not stand the pressure in Munich.
Bayern need a stark keeper like Kahn once again. If they can secure the services of Neuer, it will bring back stability.
In football a single game can make or break a star. David Alaba, the “wunderkind” of FC Bayern, did not live up to the hype about his talent in the game against Eintracht Frankfurt. Bayern despite leading in the early minutes of the game through Miroslav Klose, let victory slip away from their hands because of David Alaba.
Alaba let Eintracht Frankfurt score two decisive goals in the dying minutes of the game. The disaster for Alaba began in the 87 minutes when he gave a faulty back pass to FC Bayern keeper, Hans-Jörg Butt. Juvhel Tsoumou of Frankfurt quickly exploited the situation to score the equaliser. Two minutes later, Martin fenin, outclassed Alaba in the 18 yard box through body movement to score the decider.
FC Bayern players in show of solidarity with Alaba have not publicly criticized his woeful performance. Even Sport director, Christian Nerlinger, said “the chap is only 17!” However, Udo Lattek, Bundesliga veteran manager and analyst in his column believes that Alaba is too inexperienced. Louis van Gaal , manager of FC Bayern admitted, “i think in the game against Frankfurt, i made the substitution too late.”
Some analyst believe that Alaba’s best position is in the midfield. Diego Contento, who normally plays left full back was reserved. Edson Braafheid another left back alternative is on loan to Celtic Glasgow. Bayern have problems in defense.
It is too early to ascertain if Alaba’s inexperience was the sole reason for his lapses against Frankfurt. In the mean time, he has a lot of work to do in preparing both physically and mentally for the next game.
Oliver Kahn, the ex keeper of FC Bayern, is in the news lately. In an interview with Sport Bild, Kahn, thinks FC Bayern should start searching for an alternative keeper because the present keeper,Hans-Jörg Butt, is not getting any younger. He praised Hans-Jörg Butt, for a wonderful season so far.
Top on his list of Goalkeepers that is world class and good enough for FC Bayern is Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus Turin.
He thinks German keepers have immense potential but can not classify any as World class.
Buffon, is not the long term solution for FC Bayern. I am not surprised that legendary Bayern keeper,Sepp Maier, said Buffon is too old. I agree.
Kahn was not a World class keeper, when he came to FC Bayern. He had the potential to be one of the greatest German keepers during his days at SC Karlsruhe. He finally blossomed at FC Bayern. I am taking aback, when he said, “Bayern has the highest goals. If you want to achieve the goals, you need the best keeper of the world.”
Manuel Neuer, keeper of Schalke 04, is highly rumored to be the next keeper of FC Bayern. I expect Christian Nerlinger, manager of FC Bayern to look for a keeper in the mode of Neuer or Rene Adler. Micheal Rensing was a failed experiment. But Neuer or Adler could be the panacea for the Munich giants.
If Hans-Jörg Butt, continue to shine with every game, he could be in goal for another year. Then FC Bayern has enough time to search for a suitable replacement.