According to a report from Sportbuzzer, Bayern Munich offered the sporting director job to Miroslav Klose before ultimately selecting Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic for the role.
Oddly, it was Salihamidzic’s biggest proponent, then-Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß, who initially wanted Klose to take the role:
In 2017, Hasan Salihamidzic became sports director at FC Bayern, and since 2020 he has been working as the Munich club’s chief sports officer. SPORTBUZZER columnist Ronald Reng reveals that Uli Hoeneß actually had other plans for the position of sports director at the German record champion.
On July 31, 2017, (Brazzo) was introduced as the new sports director and succeeded Matthias Sammer, who had terminated his contract just over a year earlier. But the record champion actually had completely different plans, as SPORTBUZZER columnist Ronald Reng reveals. Originally, Miroslav Klose was supposed to take over this position instead of Salihamidzic.
“When Hoeneß told me at the time that they had requested Miro Klose, I knew how desperately they were looking,” writes the best-selling author, who is also Klose’s biographer, in his column for SPORTBUZZER, the sports portal of RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND), which appears on Tuesday. Reng continued, “Klose was able to assess himself well enough that he turned down the post. He had a lot of soccer expertise, but no management experience. So Hoeneß and Rummenigge ended up with the next career starter: Salihamidzic.”
This has become especially relevant of late given that Salihamidzic and Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick have allegedly feuded for over a year — with Klose being one of Flick’s assistant coaches and closest confidants.
Klose recently went public with his own unhappiness with the communication style at the club.