The position of Manuel Neuer, who has exerted more than one player’s influence at Bayern Munich, is shaking. Neuer’s partner, goalkeeper coach Tony Tapalovich, has been sacked.
Bayern announced on its official 슬롯사이트 website on the 24th (Korean time) that it would immediately fire coach Tapalovic. Team leader Hassan Salihamidzic left a formal greeting, saying, “Thank you for your hard work, and I wish you good luck in the future.”
Coach Tapalovich is 43 years old, only six years older than Neuer. He mainly played for Schalke 04’s second team, before retiring early in 2011 at the age of 31. At this time, it is the time when Neuer transferred from Schalke to Bayern Munich, and it is known that Neuer walked on the condition of being tapalovich’s goalkeeper coach. After that, he worked for nearly 12 years as a goalkeeper coach at Bayern. He is from the same team as Neuer and is known for his close relationship with him.
However, the relationship with the goalkeeper, who could be Neuer’s competitor, was not smooth. Bayern recruited Alexander Nübel as Neuer’s long-term successor, but faced Neuer’s stubborn resistance, they sent him on loan to AS Monaco. Local media reported that recently, when Nübel was trying to return due to Neuer’s long-term injury, Nübel’s side responded, ‘I will not go back as long as Tapalovic is present’.
In addition, it is known that collaboration with director Julian Nagelsmann did not go well. It was a different position from when Hanji Flick was the former manager, when he actively intervened in tactics beyond his goalkeeper training. In the end, it is reported by various local media outlets such as ‘Kicker’ that he was pushed out of his in-house dynamics.
This means that Neuer’s position in Bayern, which only looked firm, could be cracked. Neuer has been digesting for 12 seasons at Bayern and is the club’s all-time best goalkeeper who has won only two trophies (2012-2013, 2019-2020), the highest honor in club football. However, after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at the end of last year, he suffered an embarrassing injury on vacation and missed half of the season. He is 37 years old, so it is unknown whether he will be able to recover his skills after injury, but his power is weakening while he is away from the club. As it was three years ago when Nübel first joined, it became difficult to confront his club over his playing time.