By Chris Wright
Bayern Munich’s long-serving club doctor, Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, has tendered his resignation at the club after 38 years on the staff after claiming he had been blamed for Wednesday night’s Champions League defeat against Porto.
Müller-Wohlfahrt released a statement on Thursday evening to confirm that he and three other members of his medical team (including his son, Kilian) were quitting, citing a “damaged relationship of trust”.
For what it’s worth, Pep Guardiola was seen sarcastically applauding his bench during Bayern’s recent DFB Pokal tie against Bayer Leverkusen just as Medhi Benatia became the latest player to join his ever-lengthening injury list…
To be fair, who knows what’s going through Pep’s mind at any given time.
Müller-Wohlfahrt’s statement, which was sent to various German news agencies, read: “After the Champions League game…the main blame for the defeat was put on the medical department for reasons we don’t understand.”
Tensions are definitely running high at the Allianz Arena of late, with the club currently in the midst of an injury crisis which has put Benatia, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez all out of action.
Müller-Wohlfahrt, 72, has worked at Bayern since 1977 and is one of the most well-respected doctors in world football, also providing the same service for the German national team for many years.
However, his homoeopathic tendencies have caused controversy in the past, with his infamous honey injections raising eyebrows across the board.
He’s also quit the club once before following a tetchy falling-out with coach Jurgen Klinsmann in 2008, only to return to the fold almost immediately after Klinsmann left.
To be continued…