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Bayern Munich back in credit but storm clouds continue to hover | Andy Brassell


If the purpose of Friday’s club address was to make the champions seem less vulnerable, you have to question its value

It was as tumultuous as anticipated, only in a totally different manner than anybody had expected. When Bayern Munich called a Friday press conference with the president Uli Hoeness, chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, coach Niko Kovac and sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, all confirmed to be present, it was clear they wouldn’t just be talking about the forthcoming weekend visit to Wolfsburg and delivering injury news updates.

The rumour mill swirled into some weird places. Was Arsène Wenger about to be appointed as coach, notwithstanding the highly unlikely scenario of Kovac being present at his own dethroning? Was Kovac going to be backed, or given a timescale by which things must improve after four winless games? Were we about to hear of a restructuring at the top, above the coach’s head, where the power really lies at Bayern?

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