Munich, 2 July 2012: Following an analysis of the 2011/12 season conducted by the FC Bayern Supervisory Board, the Board of Directors, and director of sport Christian Nerlinger, differences of opinion became clear regarding the strategy for the future of the team. As a result, FC Bayern and Christian Nerlinger agreed at the time to part company ahead of the 2012/13 season.
Due to the imminent EURO 2012 tournament and the turbulence which would reasonably be expected to arise from this decision, it was agreed to withhold the announcement of Christian Nerlinger’s departure until after the European championship.
Final talks regarding the appointment of Matthias Sammer as the club’s new “board director responsible for the professional playing staff” were thus only completed last weekend. Over the last two days, Matthias Sammer and FC Bayern reached agreement on the scope of his new appointment. Matthias Sammer has accordingly been released from his current duties with the German Football Association (DFB) in the course of Monday morning
Matthias Sammer is thus free to take up his duties as FC Bayern Munich “board member for sport” with immediate effect.
“On behalf of the club, I wish to expressly thank Christian Nerlinger for his work for FC Bayern over the last four years,“ commented FC Bayern Supervisory Board chairman Uli Hoeneß, “I very much hope our excellent personal relationship will continue as it is.“
“As always, I wish FC Bayern all the best and every possible success,“ commented Christian Nerlinger, “I’ve spent a good and very intensive time here and will maintain my links to FC Bayern as a friend of the club.“