Wenn Uli Hoeneß as a celebrity guest at an event to chat, then delivers the club sponsor of FC Bayern Munich regularly headlines. Shortly before the top match in the Bundesliga on Saturday evening at the front runner Borussia Dortmund, it was time again: Hoeness announced at the 1st Saxon Economic Dialogue on Thursday evening in Dresden his withdrawal from the presidency of the German record champion. Not immediately, of course, but perhaps before the next birthday.
"I am 66 years old now. Let me do this job for another two or three years ", said Hoeneß in the Rudolf Harbig Stadium, where he talked to presenter Birgit Nössing about football, business and his life. Hoeneß sketched a clear picture of a successor. "He should be someone who has a human side – and one who comes from football," he quoted the "Saxon newspaper". But who fulfills this profile? Hoeness does not know that yet. "We have to look for the egg-laying Wollmilchsau. It's going to be hard. If I knew who could do that, I would stop next year. "
His term as President ends in November 2019. Two years ago, Hoeneß returned to the top German football club following a prison sentence for tax evasion. During his absence from March 2014 to November 2016, Karl-Hopfner (66), long-serving Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, represented him at the top office of FC Bayern München e.V.
Economically Hoeness wants to hand over the German record champion in any case in a top condition. Bayern have so much money in the box office as never before, he reported proudly in Dresden. "I want to give my successor a full cash. Then they can do what they want with the money. "Hoeness condemns the inflation of transfer fees and player salaries in the age of wealthy investors in European competition. And so far, he refuses to spend more than 100 million euros for a star.
Hoeneß before the Bayern farewell? Chamber. Especially the present, in which, after six years of mastery at a stretch, the athletic supremacy of Munich in the Bundesliga is crumbling, Hoeneß is more likely to incite. It is also not the first time that the man, for whom FC Bayern is his life's work and who likes to call the club his "second family", is thinking about a future without him and the CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (63) – also in public. At the beginning of the season Hoeneß, who started as a player in Munich, then 30 years manager and finally since 2009 with a break President and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, spoke about the difficult succession regulation at the head of the record champions.
At that time, Hoeneß chatted at Jörg Wontorra's football talk on TV channel Sky. There he laced CEO (Rummenigge) and President (Hoeneß) to a package. "It's not possible that we both stop at the same time. We can not do that to the club, "Hoeneß said. The break at the club top would be anyway "extremely and very large". "This is going to be a difficult time," predicted the president for the future without the two long-time bosses.
In August, Hoeneß described it as "the most important task" to prepare the club "for leadership over the next two or three years for the future". Rummenigges contract as CEO will expire at the end of next year. The fact that the then 64-year-old extends yet another time by three years until 2022 has not yet been announced as a fix. "I'll say at some point: That's it! I hope I can set the time for myself, "Hoeness said at the start of the season. A prognosis does not seem daring: The big change in the Bavarian top will probably only in the next decade, ie after 2020, on.