Goalkeeping icon Sepp Maier has criticized the circumstances of the separation from Bayern Munich club boss Oliver Kahn and relativized his relationship with the football record champions. "Honestly? That's not my FC Bayern anymore," said the 79-year-old in an interview with Sport1.
In all the decades at and with Bayern, he had "experienced 90 percent only pleasant things", but the unpleasant ten percent included "the current situation. The thing with Oli has a bland aftertaste," Maier explained.
The club had announced the expulsion of Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić immediately after winning the Bundesliga title last Saturday. "You just don't do that, no matter what happened. Brazzo and Oli should have been bid farewell with dignity. They don't deserve that. That was bad style," Maier complained.
The 1974 World Cup winner was reminded of his dismissal from Bayern during the time of coach Jürgen Klinsmann. "I didn't know anything about it either. So I can put myself in Oli's shoes."
The timing of the dismissal was catastrophic. "I didn't understand that and that's not worthy of FC Bayern. If the gentlemen had done that a week later, that would have been fine with me," Maier said.
However, he could well imagine that Kahn could have freaked out in the dismissal interview with President Herbert Hainer and Honorary President Uli Hoeness: "I know Oli, that was certainly the case. But the bosses at FC Bayern should also take a look at their own noses, because the conversation was held a week too early." The Bayern management probably no longer expected the championship due to the 2-1 win in Cologne, said Maier.