I started writing on this blog in June 2018 when John Dillon got me to support our coverage of Germany at the World Cup. Although it wasn’t my first article (I think it was my third?), an early article I published was a scathing criticism of Joachim Löw, which at the end of the day called for his dismissal.
From the time I wrote this article, I was determined to do two things before leaving the blog: 1) outlast Joachim Löw and 2) cover Bayern in some form at a game.
Well, with those two things done, there’s not much left for me to do, is there?
I’m proud of everything I’ve achieved here and while I hate to pat myself on the back, there are some things I will miss.
- I will miss looking into the BFW slack channel and seeing what a dumpster fire it is about the latest tweet from someone at Bild or Abendzeitung or whoever.
- I will miss writing pieces specifically tailored for Bavaria and watching the community rally around it.
- I will miss some individuals – both authors and commentators and their particular idiosyncrasies, like INNN’s anger or Marko’s love for Werder Bremen.
Above all, I will miss what was really my baby here: the podcast. Watching it grow to the point it is, watching it grow into an award-winning show was more than I ever imagined, and time and time again the only people I have to thank are them Listeners out there and those who took it for me ended in my place last season.
To say thank you I have to start with all the people I brought to the show:
- First, to the two people I put on the podcast who have become mentors to me – Derek Rae, the first person we’ve ever brought on as a guest
and Luis Miguel Echegaray, one of the funniest we have ever encountered as a guest.
Both of you, I value your insight, experience and expertise more than you will ever know. Thank you for everything.
- To Gina Lewandowski for being the first active player (and only Bayern player) we had on the show
- To Raphael Honigstein, the only guest I woke up with on my vacation to Vermont at 4:00 a.m. ET for an hour-long interview (I’ve never looked back)
- To Phil Bonney and Archie Rhind-Tutt for taking the time to talk about German football despite their busy schedules to talk about more German football
- To Julien Laurens and Jimmy Conrad for their quick episodes with me during the pandemic and a quick end to the 2020 UEFA Champions League
- To Cesar Hernandez for helping us all prepare properly for the Tigres in the Club World Cup final
A few more people to thank:
- John Dillon for bringing me here in the first place
- Phil Quinn for his infinite wisdom both towards me and in general
- My family and friends (you know who you are)
- Richie O’Reilly, Dee Kundra and the amazing @FCBayernUS team around the corner from me
- My professors at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, particularly Dr. Keren Henderson, Keith Kobland, and Suzanne Lysak
- Audacity for being the worst audio recording and editing format ever (but you’re free so I love you)
- All other authors here at Bavarian Football Works
- Tom Adams for being a great co-pilot on so many podcasts before
- Chuck Smith for being the best site manager I could ask for
But above all I thank the readers and listeners for giving me the time and the belief that I could make a career out of it.
And it’s that belief that’s why I’m leaving.
As some of you may know, I moved to New York City last summer to work as a night-shift newswriter for Fox. It was a job I no longer liked for many reasons, one of the most important being that the hours I worked had become a detriment to my mental, physical and social health. It got to the point where not only did I not write or podcast as much as I wanted to on here, I also stopped watching football in the mornings. I’ve been looking for ways to improve this and finally found one and started one, as those of you who follow me on Twitter may already know.
Last week I officially started my new job as one of four US-based writers for the Daily Mail.
It’s a job that allows me to cover not just football but a variety of American sports. You can see me and my writing over there under the sports section. You can follow me on Twitter @jakefenner_ to see all my new Daily Mail articles.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a sports journalist. Now I will do it and get paid for it full time. It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
Due to the non-competition clause, my time at BFW has to come to an end.
I will forever love this site, I will still visit it, maybe even watch an episode or two of the podcast to keep Chuck and Tom engaged.
This is where I started, this is where I cut my teeth, this is where I started something great, this is where I have performed in public and, most importantly, I have never felt closer as a Bayern Munich fan than here.
I will be eternally grateful and thankful for everything and take the torch of Bayern Munich and the beauty of the Bundesliga with me wherever I go.
Now, always and forever.
We are who we are.