MUNICH – Battering Fenerbahce 6-1 ahead of this Saturday's Super Cup at Borussia Dortmund should have been a moment of joy for Bayern Munich, but instead the relationship between chief executive and coach is again the main talking point.
Bayern have been cautiously mulling a bid for Manchester City and Germany winger Leroy Sane through the close-season but coach Niko Kovac uncharacteristically went off-message at the weekend when he said: "I am very confident, I assume we can get him."
Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was upset by the comments and hit back, telling ZDF television: "I didn't like the statement and I have made no secret of it."
It is the latest twist in an awkward relationship between Kovac and Rummenigge. Media reports have long said the latter was sceptical about appointing the Croatian in the first place ahead of last season.
Rummenigge was also cautious in confirming Kovac would continue in the job after a tricky first season which in the end finished with a league and cup double. The chief executive was especially annoyed by the limp Champions League last 16 defeat by Liverpool.