Peter Neururer – “Bayern are taking the piss out of their fans!”

Former VfL Bochum coach Peter Neururer has once again made headlines after being on German television.

The colourfully controversial 60-year-old was enraged about Bayern’s sale of Bastian Schweinsteiger when the topic came up during the Bitburger Fantalk on German sports channel Sport1.

Some discontented Bayern fans had already voiced their discontent over “Schweini” having been transferred to Manchester United via a banner reading, “Pep and slave KHR, you are destroying our identity”.

Neururer took the opportunity to join those fans in their condemnation of the Bayern boss’ actions.

“Tears are coming into my eyes out of sheer rage,” said Neururer. “How can one tell the fans such a thing and take the piss out of the German football fan in such a manner?”

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had told the press that Schweinsteiger had asked to be transferred to the English giants and that the club didn’t want to deny one of their most-deserving players such a request.

Neururer offered ideas about Rummenigge’s explanation, as well.

“Why does such a formative figure at Bayern utter a wish to leave the club at all? Because they coach tells him: We have got Martinez, Thiago and Alonso,” challenged Neururer. “If those guys all play, there’s no space for you. Accordingly Schweini says: Of course, I’d be willing to change teams if that is the case.”

Additionally, the transfer fee of €20 million wasn’t to the 60-year-old’s liking. Neururer stated that such fees were removed from reality, leading into wider criticism of Bayern’s transfer market spending as well.

“One week later they spend more than 30 million Euros for Vidal – who is an outstanding player – and all I can do is to stand there with my jaw dropping to the floor,” continued Neururer. “For me, this is taking the piss out of a football fan and a romantic, such as me.”

The former VfL Bochum coach believes the amount of money being spent represents an obstacle for football itself, saying, “Between the players and those who watch football, the gap is widening and it can’t be closed again.”

That gap could, in and of itself, have dramatic, long-term consequences in the future, opines Neururer.

“Most people have seemingly forgotten that the youth and amateur section is the base of football,” said Neururer. “Youth work is ever more declining, and that is sad. It leads to more and more players coming from abroad, and that dilutes German football.”

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 32-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.