Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Franz Beckenbauer, the club’s president, have become embroiled in a dispute over the role of midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Rummenigge was unhappy with Beckenbauer after the president publicly questioned the decision to make Schweinsteiger the creative fulcrum of the team – a position previously filled by Michael Ballack until his move to Chelsea.
Beckenbauer had said: “He hasn’t done anything sensible there because that’s not his position.”
Rummenigge responded: “We don’t need to talk about it in public whether Schweinsteiger plays better on the left or in the middle.
“You’re not helping the coach by giving him advice through the media.
“For things such as training, tactics and lineups, the coach and only the coach is responsible.”
Bayern were beaten by Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on Friday and are now six points behind joint leaders Werder Bremen and Schalke.