TSG Hoffenheim wants to hire Bayern Munich II coach Sebastian Hoeness as their new manager to replace Alfred Schreuder. They let Schreduer go last month and are looking to find a replacement by the time the club resumes training in August. Reports from both SportBild and kicker suggested that Hoffenheim is keen on bringing in Hoeness, who guided Bayern Munich’s reserves to winning the 3. Liga this season.
Per a new report from SPORT1, Hoffenheim has already agreed terms with Hoeness, but Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic wants Hoeness to stay. Hoeness’s contract with Bayern runs through 2022, so the club has the leverage not to let him leave. The question is rather whether Salihamidzic and Bayern’s front office can convince Hoeness himself to stay? This is a massive opportunity for him to take a big step forward in his managerial career, and it’d be hard for him to see a chance like that go to waste. He has a lot to consider.
Hoffenheim’s director of football, Alexander Rosen, meanwhile wants a decision from Hoeness before he goes on a short vacation next week and before training resumes for Hoffenheim in August. The window of opportunity here for both clubs is quickly closing, and even Uli Hoeness said over the weekend on a tv appearance alongside Salihamidzic that it’s a decision Hoffenheim has to make on their own, considering the familial bias he has in the matter (as Sebastian’s uncle).
Ironically enough, these reports have come out just over a week after Hoffenheim criticized Bayern for poaching youth talents Armindo Sieb and Mamin Sanyang. Frank Briel, Hoffenheim’s managing director, said a club that has as much money as Bayern shouldn’t be focusing their efforts on purchasing youth talents, because it hurts other teams in the Bundesliga that aren’t as well financially equipped as them.