Why did Luca Toni leave Bayern Munich?
Italian striker Luca Toni left Bayern Munich after falling out with manager Louis Van Gaal.
According to Mark Van Bommel, Van Gaal and Luca Toni clashed early on, after the striker fell asleep during a team meeting on the Dutchman's second day in the job. “On the second day, Luca Toni sat so casually, half lying on the table.
And then his eyes closed. He fell asleep,” Van Bommel explained, “normally, the team would take side with the player.
But in this case no one supported him.” From there, Luca Toni often found himself left out of the first team, despite previously enjoying a spectacular goal scoring record in the Bundesliga.
Other incidents worsened the situation with Luca Toni being pulled up by his ear, after sitting in a slouched position during another team meeting. "Van Gaal simply didn't want to work with me, he treats players like interchangeable objects," Luca Toni later explained.
Things also took a turn for the strange when van Gaal opted to show players like Luca Toni that no one was indispensable.
"The coach wanted to make clear to us that he can drop any player, it was all the same to him because, as he said, he had the balls," Toni recalled "he demonstrated this literally (by dropping his trousers). I have never experienced anything like it, it was totally crazy. Luckily I didn't see a lot, because I wasn't in the front row."
These antics, coupled with a lack of first team action saw Luca Toni eventually return to Serie A with Roma on loan.July 04, 2011, 06:28 pm