After 9 years of service between Bayern Munich's junior teams, reserve squad, and senior squad, Dr. Volker Braun has asked the club's front office to be released from his duties. He has been the head doctor for the first team since 2015. According to Bayern's official statement, Braun told the club that it was time to focus on his practice and his family:
I’ve had an incredibly exciting, interesting and enjoyable time at FC Bayern. However, in the future I want to focus more on my practice and especially on my family. They have come second too often in recent years.
Club president, Uli Hoeness, had expressed some displeasure with Braun after Manuel Neuer re-injured the same foot that he hurt last April in the Champions League. Because of the almost identical nature of the re-injury, it was suggested that Neuer had been rushed back too quickly under Braun's oversight.
Despite some foreshadowing of Braun's fate in the Neuer controversy, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed his gratitude for the 44-year old's tenure with the club in a diplomatic tone:
Dr Volker Braun has served FC Bayern with a lot of commitment and expertise over the years. On behalf of FC Bayern, I’d like to thank him for that and wish Dr Braun all the best for the future.
Regardless of whether the decision was entirely Braun's or not, Bayern are set to go over plans to find his replacement during this week's international break.