Hoeness hits back at Lahm
Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has told Philipp Lahm he was wrong in his criticism of the club.
Last Updated: 12/11/09 11:31am
Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has told Philipp Lahm he was 'almost wrong with every point' in his recent criticism of the club.
The Germany international accused Bayern of not having a clear concept for the future in an interview last week, while he also attacked their transfer policy.
Lahm has since apologised to his club and been handed a record fine, but Hoeness still cannot understand the message he was trying to get across.
"Lahm is almost wrong with every point," he told Zeit.
"It's a joke. What do you think would happen if a renowned coach came to you and you tell him that he has to play our system with the players?
"Franz Beckenbauer is the only person to have given the right answer: The system is not decisive because a good football team must be able to play various systems.
"It is the coach who decides the philosophy."
Hoeness believes Lahm's agent Roman Grill must take some of the blame for putting his client up for the interview and creating the controversy.
"I called Grill this morning and asked him why he said in public that Philipp Lahm had been to the board two or three times," explained Hoeness.
"He knows full well that that is not the case. And he answered me 'how else should he make a name for himself?'
"That was his answer. Isn't that shameful?"
Bayern goalkeeper Michael Rensing, meanwhile, hopes to secure a move away from the Allianz Arena in January.
The 25-year-old provided back-up to Oliver Kahn for a number of seasons and has now fallen behind Hans-Jorg Butt in the pecking order after a poor start to the season.
He would like to play more regularly and admits that is unlikely to happen at Bayern.
"There is no sense in me remaining," he told Sport Bild.
"My position as Oliver Kahn's successor was not easy right from the start, particularly since the club was undergoing a revolution.
"This situation and the lack of success did not help me to be judged objectively."