In an interview with The Athletic, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge tackled the most controversial topic surrounding the club: The rumored rift between manager Hansi Flick and sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic.
“They’ve had a chat, embraced and cleared the air,” Rummenigge says. “It’s a good sign to see two people act professionally and come together. They’re important figures at the club. Despite reports, there was no need for anyone else to get involved, they did it all by themselves and I believe it’s all sorted now.”
Rummenigge credits the ability for people to disagree and then move as a big part of the successful culture that both Flick and Salihamidzic have helped cultivate.
“I’m not from Bavaria myself, but I’ve been here long enough to appreciate the local ‘Streitkultur’, a culture of open, robust discussions. Even when everyone’s happy, no stone is left unturned in order to make things even better,” Rummenigge said. “We never lean back and enjoy our contentment here, we keep going. That unquenchable thirst for success is very pronounced at this club. It’s an important factor for winning six trophies in a single year. You’d be forgiven for taking things a little easy after that but that’s never an option for us. This attitude is a virtue we need to protect.”