Matthias Sammer, 44, has been named as Bayern München Sporting Director, replacing Christian Nerlinger. Sammer has left his position with the German football association to immediately take over his duties with the Bavarian club.
Sammer, a Dresden native, began his playing career with hometown club Dynamo Dresden in 1985 after having been part of their youth system since 1976. The defensive stalwart also played for VfB Stuttgart and Inter Milan while capping his career with a Champions League trophy and two league titles while playing at Borussia Dortmund. He also earned 23 appearances for East Germany and another 50 caps for Germany following reunification. Sammer coached at Dortmund from 2000-2004, with a briefer coaching stint following at Stuttgart. Sammer’s managing record at the two clubs included the Bundesliga title in 2001/2002 at BvB. As a manager, Sammer totaled 116 wins, 54 draws and 61 losses. Sammer most recently served as Technical Director of the DFB.
According to Bayern President Uli Hoeneß
We agreed to terms with Matthias Sammer, after which he spoke with DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach. Once he got the go-ahead there, the way was clear for us to start working with Matthias Sammer on Wednesday at the latest
Undoubtedly Dormund fans will delight in the irony of their Sammer, BvB title winner as both player and coach, being tasked with making up the ground that Bayern have conceded to Dortmund over the past two seasons, as the Ruhr valley club has won the last two league titles and the DFB Pokal in May, 2012. Sammer will be in charge of all things non-pitch related for the senior squad as well as scouting and the youth development at Bayern.
Nerlinger had been named Team Manager at Bayern in July, 2008, and became Sporting Director a year later. The 39 year-old native of Dortmund played for two Bundelsiga titlist squads at Bayern in the 1990s and also wore the kit of Dortmund, Rangers and 1.FC Kaiserslautern. Following his retirement due to injuries in December, 2005, Nerlinger attended the Munich Business School, studying International Relations. Following the disappointments at Bayern following the 2011/2012 season, Nerlinger’s thoughts on the future of the club failed to jibe with those of the other Bayern decision makers, with the decision to part ways made before the 2012 Euro tournament began.
On behalf of the club I would like to thank Christian Nerlinger for his work at FC Bayern in the last four years. I hope that our good personal relationship will remain.