According to a report by The Athletic, all is not harmonious at the Sabener Strasse. This is not exactly news, since things are never harmonious at Bayern Munich — but the nature of the problem is a little bit worrying, because we’ve heard it all before.
Here’s a very quick rundown of the main points of the report. If you want the whole thing, you should definitely subscribe to The Athletic yourself.
- Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic and Julian Nagelsmann are getting along so far, but they still have some disagreements. Nothing out of the ordinary...yet.
- Uli Hoeness’ patronage has protected Brazzo from internal scrutiny for some time now, but his influence is fading.
- Bayern’s attempts to find cheap talent in a post-pandemic market have been less than successful. Large numbers of low level flops are considered as damaging as a single big one.
- Club president Herbert Hainer and CEO Oliver Kahn are expected to observe Brazzo’s work a lot closer going forward.
- The club mantra is: “Two bad transfer windows and you’re gone”.
So that’s the gist of what Brazzo and Bayern Munich are dealing with here. It definitely feels like the sporting director is under a lot of pressure right now, especially with certain teams across Europe spending like there’s no tomorrow. Brazzo’s big signings (Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane) have not been the surefire hits he probably expected them to be, and his stopgap measures last year were complete failures.
This year, he chose to splash the cash once again on Upamecano, who needs to hit the ground running to justify his purchase. Meanwhile, the pursuit of players like Sabitzer could be key to salvaging an otherwise quiet transfer window. The clock is ticking for Bayern’s sporting director. If reports are to be believed, then another bad window could spell the end of his Bayern career.