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Conflicting reports surround Hermann Gerland’s future as Bayern’s youth director

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Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic responded promptly to squash a report that Bayern may oust the veteran coach and youth director.

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Who says the summer is ever boring in football? After constant rumours surrounding current Bayern Munich players, most notably Robert Lewandowski and Thiago, there are now murmurs that Hermann Gerland’s position as the athletic director of the club’s youth teams is under close scrutiny.

Sport1 reported earlier today that the club management is considering making a change in the department as they doubt whether or not the 64-year-old is the right man for a job he took over in February 2017. Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern’s Sporting Director since last summer, is keen to promote a fresh crop of young players, as is evident with the recent signings of Adrian Fein, Oliver Batista Meier and Meritan Shabani to name but a few.

One possible replacement is Holger Seitz, the new coach of Bayern II. His name has been mentioned recently, because his promotion from Bayern’s U17 team has left Tobias Schweinsteiger without a head-coaching position. Were Seitz to move to the FC Bayern Campus, Schweinsteiger would potentially have a place at Säbener Straße again.

That all, however, is probably only wishful thinking: Sport Bild have released a counterpoint to Sport1 dismissing the rumors entirely. Christian Falk reports that Salihamidzic contacted Gerland immediately to deny the rumor and express his confidence in him. Gerland himself likewise plans to continue in his current role until told otherwise: “I still have a contract and will fulfill it,” the Bayern legend commented.