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Bayern Munich fume at 'gossip journalism'

The Local · 7 Mar 2012, 16:23

Published: 07 Mar 2012 16:23 GMT+01:00

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The team has won just four of their last nine games, allowing defending champions Borussia Dortmund to open up a seven-point gap over second placed Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga.

As speculation mounts, German daily Bild claimed Wednesday that Heynckes, whose contract expires in June 2013, could be replaced by Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Lucien Favre or Hanover 96 boss Mirko Slomka.

But club bosses have moved to dispel the reports. "Bayern Munich have full confidence in Jupp Heynckes and his work," they said in a statement.

There has already been some media speculation about the early resignation of Jupp Heynckes, and rumours are circulating that the club has held discussions about the coaching position – which has been filled by six different people in the past five years.

Bayern have fought against this speculation, saying that, "those in charge of Bayern Munich condemn this outrageous media speculation, which is based on no facts, in the strongest terms.”

"We protest against this type of 'gossip journalism' and will be investigating our legal options in the future."

Bayern, who suffered a two-nil defeat at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, face a make-or-break fortnight as they need to overturn a one-nil defeat from the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash when they host FC Basel on Tuesday.

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They then have a German Cup semi-final at Mönchengladbach, who have beaten them home and away, on March 21 and need to close the gap behind Dortmund in the league.


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17:41 March 7, 2012 by derExDeutsche
those speculators in the media! how dare they! time to shut them down with regulation;)
01:39 March 8, 2012 by neunElf
Bayern keep firing coaches and they continue to not meet their objectives.

Maybe the wrong people are being fired and that a reshuffle of the management team ( the 3 stooges) would serve the club better?
06:50 March 8, 2012 by Bigfoot76
I agree that the Trainer is not the problem with Bayern so often coming up short on season objectives. I am not sure if the problem is in the upper management or if there need to be a more significant change with the players they are retaining. It seems some who have been counted on for so long are no longer producing anything yet they still are with the team as its core group.
17:57 March 8, 2012 by neunElf
I think we agree Bigfoot76, after all who selects these unproductive Prima Donnas but Uli, Karl Heinz &co.
00:21 March 9, 2012 by chewstroke
Heynckes told http://chewstroke.com he was leaving the club, its been confirmed..
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