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Rummenigge’s return to the club is imminent
Status: 09:25 a.m
A new structure must be found as soon as possible after the cut in the top management of FC Bayern. The club is partially paralyzed by the dismissals of club boss Kahn and sports director Salihamidzic. A solution to the problem is said to be an old friend.
NAfter the separation of the board members Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic, FC Bayern is said to be planning a return of the former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. According to BILD AM SONNTAG, the 67-year-old should move to the supervisory board and support the Munich team in planning the squad for the coming season. Rummenigge made room for Kahn two years ago at the top of the board.
Shortly after winning the eleventh championship title in a row, Bayern announced the separation of Kahn and Salihamidzic on Saturday. They are accused, among other things, of a failed personnel policy when putting together the team. Kahn’s successor will be the previous CFO Jan-Christian Dreesen, a new sports director is still being sought.
From 2002, Rummenigge was chairman of the board for 19 years and, together with club patron Uli Hoeneß, led the club to numerous successes. After his retirement from Bayern, he is currently still a member of the Executive Committee of the European Football Union (UEFA) as a representative of the club association ECA.
Kroos on Bavaria’s earthquake: “A bit worrying”
Former Bayern professional Toni Kroos has criticized those responsible in Munich for the processes surrounding the separation from CEO Oliver Kahn. When asked about the fact that Kahn was allegedly forbidden to attend the last game of the season and Bayern’s championship celebrations, Kroos told the “Real total” portal: “I heard from Kahn that he wasn’t allowed to come. That’s not my construction site, but it’s already giving a picture that’s a bit worrying.”
Shortly after winning the eleventh championship in a row on Saturday, the Munich team announced that Kahn and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic had to go. “It’s a shame for the players and especially for the new coach, they wanted to celebrate a bit, but then it’s mainly about the change again,” said Kroos.
The Real Madrid midfielder was also surprised at the communication from Munich. “Then to confirm that today on a day like this, to officially say in advance that he is ill. Then: No, he’s not, he wasn’t allowed to come. I haven’t heard more than that either, but I believe Olli,” said the 33-year-old. Kroos was under contract with Bayern from 2006 to 2014 and also played with former goalkeeper Kahn.
Salihamidzic thanks ex-coach Nagelsmann
The outgoing sports director Hasan Salihamidzic thanked the ex-coach Julian Nagelsmann, who was surprisingly on leave in March, after winning the championship title. “We tried something different with the new coach, and that worked out in the end,” he said of his successor Thomas Tuchel: “I congratulate Thomas. But I also congratulate Julian. The hardest thing for me was that we parted ways with Julian. I want to send a greeting because he certainly looked at home. He’s a good guy.” When Nagelsmann was suspended in March, all titles were still possible for Bayern. Successor Thomas Tuchel was eliminated in twelve games in the DFB Cup and the Champions League.
Bayern’s decision “makes sense,” says Magath
The former Bayern coach Felix Magath can understand the criticism of FC Bayern after the announcement of the separation of Kahn and Salihamidzic only to a limited extent. It was “always easy to criticize that it was done now,” said the 69-year-old in an interview with Deutschlandfunk. “If it had taken five more days – I don’t know who would have complained again that they were left in the dark for so long. I wouldn’t dramatize it that much. I understand that consequences have been drawn. The season was very bad for Bayern Munich,” said Magath, who twice won the double with Bayern. “With the economic, financial effort, they should actually be German champions well before the end of each season.”
In the end, only the better goal difference was decisive for Munich. Borussia Dortmund conceded the title on Saturday after beating FSV Mainz 05 2-2. “What I would emphasize is that on the day FC Bayern won the title, they still took the consequences,” said Magath. “For the second in the table who lost the championship – apparently no changes are being considered.”
“Defeat for the whole club,” criticizes TV expert Wagner
Former national striker Sandro Wagner sees the departure of CEO Oliver Kahn and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic as a “defeat for the whole club. Crazy. I’m really at a loss for words. Way, time,” said the 35-year-old former Bayern professional in ZDF’s “Aktuelle Sportstudio” about the decision.
From Wagner’s point of view, the transition from long-time Bayern bosses Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeneß to Kahn and Salihamidzic was “actually perfect”. The fact that the new management duo did not work out in the long term was “unpleasant for everyone. Nobody sits at home and is happy.” Wagner also suffers with Salihamdzic and Kahn. “Bayern Munich means something to both of them, and of course it’s terrible for them too,” he said.
Tuchel apologizes to Goretzka
After winning the championship, coach Thomas Tuchel apologized to national player Leon Goretzka for the quick substitution just 14 minutes after being substituted on. “I’m sorry for Leon. But it was about winning the German championship,” said Tuchel after the 2-1: “As a coach, you can’t take into account how he feels at this moment. Although of course I sympathize with him and have apologized to him. But at that moment we tried to end up with five attacking players on the pitch. That’s when it hit him.”
Goretzka came on as a substitute in the 71st minute when the score was 1-0 and had to leave the field in the 85th minute for striker Mathys Tel after a penalty by Cologne’s Dejan Ljubicic to make it 1-1 (81st). In the end, Bayern won with a goal in the penultimate minute from Jamal Musiala, who also came on as a substitute in the 85th minute.