Hoeness hits back at Neuer critics
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness claims he has lost all patience with fans who continue to criticise the signing of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from Bundesliga rivals Schalke last summer. The mention of Neuer's name at the club's annual general meeting last night drew a few boos from the congregation of members, at which point Hoeness said enough is enough.
"I have thought about this for a while," he is quoted as saying by sport.de. "Should I keep my mouth shut? Well no, I can't. If anybody claims this transfer was wrong, then they should just stay at home. Manuel Neuer is the best goalkeeper in the world and Manuel Neuer is a personality who fits in with FC Bayern like hardly any other. He not only has good hands, but he has a good brain too, and there have been many players here who were not so gifted."
The boos for Neuer were the only signs of dissent on a night when the Bavarian club announced profits of €1.3m for the 2010/11 financial year and when it was revealed director of sport Christian Nerlinger had signed a new contract. "This result has been achieved despite a difficult climate," reported the club's financial director Karl Hopfner. "I recall that we did not win anything on the field last season, and then there is the global financial crisis, yet we have still managed to post a profit once again."
Nerlinger, who succeeded Hoeness as the club's director of sport in 2009, will now remain at the club until 2014.