Update: 8:45AM EST
Miroslav Klose has addressed the issue and did not really pull any punches with his statements.
It seems as if Klose is headed out as well:
Klose: "You absolutely have to have respect for each other, even if you don't always agree. Uli and Kalle made this club a world class club because for them it's always was about FC Bayern and not personal vanities"— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 18, 2021
In the wake of Hansi Flick’s announcement yesterday that he intended to leave Bayern Munich, the dominoes were bound to start falling and assistant coach Miroslav Klose could be the next high-profile member of the staff to leave Säbener Straße.
Per a report from Bild, Klose also become “bothered” by sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic:
In the BILD podcast “Bayern Insider”, BILD soccer boss Christian Falk (42) speaks every week about the hottest topics about the record champions. After coach Hansi Flick (56) announced his resignation, there will be a special episode this Sunday.
In it, you learn that not only Flick, but also co-trainer Miroslav Klose (42) has problems with the record champion. Both feel that the Bayern family feeling has been lost. Klose in particular remembers it differently from his time as a player (2007 to 2011). What’s more, neither of them can get along with Hasan Salihamidzic (44), the club’s sports director.
Tz captured more of the podcast and — if true — some of the tension between Klose and Salihamidzic could — allegedly — stem from how Klose coached Salihamidzic’s son, Nick on the Bayern Munich campus:
Bild has learned, Hasan Salihamidzic is also at the center of the irritation. The newspaper writes that the sports director has not yet held talks about a contract extension with Klose, whose contract expires after the season, i.e. on June 30, 2021.
Quite deliberately, the striker of the world champion team in Rio had agreed only a one-year contract with FC Bayern, so that he is independent as far as his decision for the future is concerned.
Bild further reports a strained relationship between Klose and Salihamidzic. According to the report, Klose was about to leave as a youth coach at the Bayern campus because Brazzo wanted Klose to coach another U-team (Ed note: age group). Spicy: Klose coached the Bayern youth, in which the son of Salihamidzic mostly sat on the bench.
Now the rumors are running hot — what does Klose do now that Bayern coach Flick has expressed his desire to leave? A logical choice for Klose would be a move back to the DFB - perhaps together with Flick. It was with the federation that Klose celebrated his greatest successes as a player. In addition to winning the World Cup (2014 under co-coach Flick), he is also the record goal scorer at World Cups.
For a couple of relatively brief blurbs...that was a lot to absorb. If true (ironic since Mr. True aka Falk Master Flexxx is the source of the initial report), this would be a very — VERY — bad look for Brazzo.
While everything should be taken with a grain of salt at this point, it appears the issues between Flick and Salihamidzic will have some aftershocks that will affect others, including Klose. It would be no shock for Klose to follow Flick to Germany, should Flick accept a position from the DFB.
Regardless, everything — and I mean everything — that breaks into the news cycle now should be read skeptically, but also considered at this point. As for Brazzo, he is in a bit of a public relations nightmare right now. Hopefully, this is being overblown, but I think we can all hear “Dirty Laundry” by Don Henley in our heads right now.