Thu, 06 May 2021

By Oliver Trust

BERLIN, April 16 (Xinhua) -- All of a sudden, prospering side Bayern Munich seems to have turned into a crisis case.

As a fact, the Bavarians' future seems uncertain due to the unsolved issue around head-coach Hansi Flick and the squad's composition.

Media, fans, and former players puzzle over the question if future CEO Oliver Kahn can convince Flick to stay and if he wants to after the Bayern coach mentioned the job as German national coach as an option.

Ahead of Bayern's league encounter against Wolfsburg this weekend, it seems up to the 51-year-old former goalkeeper and designated Bayern chairman to decide between the club's most successful coach or its sporting director.

Both parties are stuck in ongoing competency fights. Flick complained about Hasan Salihamidzic' staffing policy and made clear in internal talks that cooperation in the future isn't possible. The Bayern coach unsuccessfully claimed to have more influence on the club's staffing policy.

Reports speak of an emergency meeting scheduled for the following days.

The in-house struggle is already endangering the club's goals. Demands grow for Kahn to clear the table shortly.

Instead of shaping an era after having won the 2020 Champions League, the reigning German Champion is approaching unsteady waters.

After having spoiled the chance to win the 2021 Champions League and the German Cup, the national league title becomes the last remaining opportunity to win a title this season after bagging six in the 2019/2020 campaign.

To find a new coach following Flick's footsteps seems a challenge as Leipzig target Julian Nagelsmann denied contact with Bayern.

Flick is said to not only be eyed by the German association as a successor of Joachim Loew but be on the watch-list of top European sides.

Bayern seems divided into two fractions as former president Uli Hoeness is said to back Salihamidzic while chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge favors Flick.

While former Bayern captain Lothar Matthaeus is convinced Flick will leave at the end of the 2019/2020 season, former Bayern midfielder Stefan Effenberg called it "a fatal sign" allowing Flick to go.

Several Bayern players spoke in favor of Flick. Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski, and Joshua Kimmich said Flick is the best choice for the club, and they hope things continue with the 56-year-old.

Salihamidzic finds himself under fire as his transfer policy mainly failed. Unpleasant details came to light.

The sporting director wanted to use David Alaba in a swap deal when signing Leroy Sane, and told Jerome Boateng 2 hours in advance of the first leg against Paris that his contract won't be extended. Flick pledged to keep Boateng another year.

Alaba, who decided to leave Bayern, spoke about a lack of respect.

Convincing Flick to stay seems to require drastic steps. Rummenigge spoke about the coach's inner strife having to decide about possibly leaving due to the circumstances. Flick is missing a clear statement from the club.

Due to the tight schedule with 3 games within a week, "Oliver Kahn and I came about to talk about all this later as we need to concentrate to win the national title," Flick said.

Media reports in Italy speak of Bayern's interest in former Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri.

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