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Hoeness responds to Van Gaal remark

November 5, 2012
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness has hit back at former manager Louis van Gaal's claim that he was responsible for his sacking.

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In a recent interview with Sport Bild the Netherlands boss blamed Hoeness for his departure from Bayern in April 2011.

"The only one who kept pressing for my sacking was Uli Hoeness," Van Gaal said.

However, the Bayern President has responded to the former Barcelona boss' remark, stating he was just doing his job, while adding he had already given him numerous chances to turn things around.

"When I see the remarks by Van Gaal, I have to say he has not understood what is important in this job," Hoeness said.

"The job also means putting the finger into the wound whenever you see problems. And if you realise you have reached a dead end, there has to be consequences."

"When I realise that things won't change, and after I have given him five chances to change things and nothing happens, I have to decide against singular interests to preserve the whole issue."

Bayern and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben tried to play down the rift, adding: "If Van Gaal says something, right now with the Netherlands v Germany friendly coming up, it is of course a racket. But I can only laugh about it, I don't think it's so bad."

Hoeness, never a man without an opinion, also hit out at FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, saying that he only had one natural enemy and that was Bayern.

He does not seem too worried about Blatter, however, saying: "You all know, he is 76 and the problem will be solved somehow."