After suffering a surprise 3-1 loss against Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinals match, Bayern Munich is again faced with another setback, as team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt announced his resignation from the post.
During his announcement, Muller-Wohlfahrt said that his working relationship with the team has been damaged by various trust issues. Reports claimed that the 72-yerar old doctor and Bayern team manager Pep Guardiola had several disagreements during several different occasions. In one instance, Quardiola is said to have questioned Muller-Wohlfahrt as to why Frank Ribery is still being kept in the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury on March 11 when initial assessments had him returning after only a few days.
Muller-Wohlfahrt also bemoan that the club allegedly put the blame for their recent losses primarily on the shoulders of the medical department for unclear reasons. Bayern had to endure a spate of players in the injured list leading to the game against Porto, where they were missing Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, and David Alaba.
Bayern spokesman Markus Hoerwick refused to comment on the doctor’s claims, saying that he was unaware of the statement.
Muller-Wohlfahrt served as Bayern’s team doctor for almost forty years and is also currently part of the German national team’s medical department. Bayern has announced that Volken Braun will temporarily replace the outgoing medical head while the team has yet to formalize the appointment of a new team doctor.
Meanwhile, Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer said that the team is currently laying out plans for the foreseeable future when players like Ribery, Robben, and Schweinsteiger would retire. The three players have already entered their 30’s, which are considered to be the final years of a football career.
“There will be a new generation,” Sammer said in an interview. “Not now and not tomorrow, but Bayern need to be conscious that it will happen.”