Posted on April 30, 2007
Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness cannot wait to write this season off and focus on preventing a repeat in future.
The defending German champions need a miracle if they are to qualify for the Champions League next season after a 2-1 home defeat to Hamburg which saw even the club’s own fans lose their patience.
Hoeness has promised to clamp down on his team of losers and “never see such a team again”.
He said: “We will put all of our efforts into getting a team on the field which has nothing to do with this one and can challenge for the title from the off.
“Many players have had their chance, but have clearly not taken it.
“Therefore, they have not deserved a second one.”
With three games of the season remaining, Bayern are seven points behind third-placed Werder Bremen while the title is out of reach.
All of the management’s efforts will now go into reconstructing the team in time for the start of next season.
“I am looking to July 1 and not back,” admitted Hoeness. “We have qualified for the UEFA Cup and this season is over.
“Now the players can concentrate on what they will be doing next year.”
Bayern are close to clinching the 18-million euro signing (£12.3million) of Luca Toni from Fiorentina, and they may fund that with the sale of Owen Hargreaves to Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Claudio Pizarro is set to move when his contract expires with several clubs in Italy, including Juventus, keen on the Peruvian striker, while Roque Santa Cruz also falls into the category of players who will not be given a second chance.
After a disappointing first season with Bayern, Daniel van Buyten is also a candidate to move on while Ali Karimi is surplus to requirements and Mehmet Scholl will retire this summer.
Signing new players, despite not having the Champions League to offer them, should not be a problem either, according to Hoeness.
“I can say we have been very busy and in four to six weeks, we will have some new players to unveil,” he said.
“We are good buyers, but also people with a vision. We have enough money and will buy top class players.”