Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic left Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka's criticism of the "extreme" football business after Bayern Munich's separation from coach Julian Nagelsmann largely uncommented.
"The performance was insufficient, he would also confirm that," said Salihamidzic in the Sport1 "double pass" when asked about Kimmich's statements.
The leading player had reported that Nagelsmann had "not lost" the Bayern cabin. This, in turn, was indicated by Salihamidzic when introducing the new coach Thomas Tuchel. On Sunday, the sports director said: "Of course it was a tough decision, a difficult decision, an emotionally difficult decision for me too." He had a "very, very good relationship" with Nagelsmann, the decisive factor was the team's performance, which "was no longer right".
After the national team's 2-0 win against Peru in Mainz, Kimmich said thoughtfully: "At the end of the day, that's the business, little love, little heart. We have to learn to deal with it and live with the decision." Teammate Leon Goretzka also said that he personally had no problem with Nagelsmann.
First called Nagelsmann
Salihamidzic explained the unfortunate communication surrounding the separation of FC Bayern from coach Julian Nagelsmann with the negotiations with successor Thomas Tuchel. "We had to wait for the confirmation," said the 46-year-old. "The first person we called was Julian Nagelsmann." It couldn't be "otherwise". FC Bayern "behaved fairly, as fair as you can be in this business".
The people of Munich officially announced the separation from Nagelsmann and the commitment of Tuchel on Friday - but the media could already read about it on Thursday evening. According to reports, Nagelsmann was surprised by the reports. Salihamidzic said that the decisive meeting on Friday was agreed with Nagelsmann on Thursday evening, and that he did not want to announce a separation on the phone.