About six months ago, FC Bayern decided to remove manager Juergen Klinsmann from his position. After a brief intermezzo during which time the club was managed by Jupp Heynckes, the Bavarians appointed Dutchman Louis van Gaal as their new manager, hoping for better times.
These supposed better times have not quite started though. The word "crisis" is perhaps a bit strong to describe the current state of affairs at FC Bayern, but it's fact that both fans and the board are disappointed with the performances so far.
Qualification for the second round of the Champions League will be difficult and the team lies in eighth position in the German Bundesliga, already trailing league leaders Leverkusen by six points.
On top of these disappointing performances on the pitch, the club is already starting to live up to its nickname FC Hollywood, the club in constant turmoil.
The latest chapter in the Bayern-sage came Saturday, as German international Philipp Lahm criticized the clubs transfer policy right before Bayerns league game versus Schalke on Saturday, stating that "big clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United play in a certain style and they buy players who can play in this specific style."
Lahm continued and added that "FC Bayern did not have such a policy." According to him, the team is lacking a midfield captain, a play-maker, and someone to dictate play and create openings for team-mates.
The German wing-back specifically exempted current manager Louis van Gaal from blame and even complimenting the trainer. He stated on record that he "believed the team now had a manager who could better a squad, but who needs more time to do so."
Hardly surprising, the Bayern board meanwhile was not amused with Lahm's criticism. General manager Uli Hoeneß already stated that "Lahm should not have given this interview" and continued to add that "this matter will have consequences."
It’s unclear what these consequences will be, but there’s a decent chance Hoeneß will make Lahm regret his criticism of the club’s transfer policy. The general manager literally said in an interview with Sky "das er das bedauern wird," which literally means "he will regret this." One can only hope Hoeneß will not antagonize or suspend the wingback.
Bayern is already going through a difficult period with less-than-inspiring performances on the pitch and a manager under fire, the team could do without losing a valued first teamer.