So here’s a curveball for everyone to digest — tomorrow at 12 pm CET, Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness, Chairman Karl Heinz Rumenigge, and Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic — the three most powerful people at Germany’s biggest football club, will hold a press conference. It will take place exactly an hour after the regularly scheduled coach’s pregame press conference, as Bayern travel to Wolfsburg on Bundesliga matchday 8.
Oha. Kovac, Rummenigge, Hoeness and Salihamidzic all doing the presser tomorrow...— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) October 18, 2018
not sure what to expect, tbh. Kovac on at 11, the other three at 12....— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) October 18, 2018
with the sporting director?— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) October 18, 2018
While Niko Kovac will be expected to answer the usual questions ahead of the game, no one knows what the bosses’ press conference will entail. Of course, as everyone knows, Bayern Munich aren’t having a great time at the moment. Before the international break, the team had failed to win four games on the trot, including an embarrassing 3-0 home loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Could the press conference have something to do with that?
Probably. If I had to speculate in a calm and responsible manner, then I’d say they’re just going to reaffirm their commitment to backing the coach and all the usual stuff. However, there are a few more things to consider:
- The last time all three of these men took part in a press conference was at Jupp Heynckes’ presentation a year ago. This isn’t a thing that happens very often. Bild speculates that the bosses may have something important to announce.
- We’ve already heard statements from Uli and KHR defending Kovac, so what’s the point of calling a press conference to reiterate that fact?
- Since Kovac gives his pre-game press conference first, we can be reasonably certain that the bosses won’t announce a managerial change a few minutes later. It would be a legendarily disrespectful move to do so.
- Both Uli and Kalle have been talking about their future lately. Could one (or both) Bayern bosses be planning to announce their retirement?
- James Rodriguez’s future has been the subject of a ton of speculation recently. Could this be the moment the club announces his permanent transfer from Real Madrid?
Of course, it’s likely that all of this is just hot air. While seeing Bayern’s three-headed monster face the press is a rare occasion, don’t expect any bombshells to be dropped at twelve o’ clock tomorrow. However, it IS fun to speculate. For now, Bayern Munich’s biggest concern remains preparation for the Wolfsburg game on matchday 8. Another loss would be devastating.