May 27, 2023 at 6:34 PM Update: 5 minutes ago
Bayern Munich has fired CEO Oliver Kahn and technical director Hasan Salihamidzic. That news was announced an hour after ‘Der Rekordmeister’ was crowned German champion in a sensational way.
Jan-Christian Dreesen, who has long been part of the Bayern board as a financial expert, will take over Kahn’s duties with immediate effect, while a successor to Salihamidzic is still being sought.
The position of Kahn (53) and Salihamidzic (46) has been under pressure for some time. The duo decided to fire trainer Julian Nagelsmann two months ago, although Bayern was still active on three fronts at the time. For Nagelsmann, Bayern had paid a lump sum payment of 25 million euros in 2021.
Bayern took the title on Saturday thanks to a 1-2 win at 1. FC Köln. ‘Der Rekordmeister’ overtook Borussia Dortmund on the final day because ‘BVB’ did not get further than a 2-2 draw against FSV Mainz 05 at home. For Bayern it means the eleventh national title in a row.
‘Der Rekordmeister’ was a lot less dominant than before last season, which according to critics of the club was partly caused by the mediocre transfer policy.
In the Bundesliga, the meager number of 71 points was enough for the championship. In the Champions League, Manchester City turned out to be a size too big in the quarter-finals and in the German Cup tournament it went wrong against SC Freiburg in the quarter-finals.
Salihamidzic had a different view of the future
Kahn has been a member of the board since early 2020. On July 1, 2021, former goalkeeper Karl-Heinz succeeded Rummenigge as chairman of the board. Salihamidzic has been associated with Bayern since 2017 as sporting director and later as technical director. Both the Bosnian and Kahn played for years for ‘Der Rekordmeister’.
Herbert Hainer, the chairman of the supervisory board, says that Salihamidzic has to step down “because of the seasonality after the winter break.” “We also had a different opinion about the design of the selection in the future.”
Hainer remains non-committal about the reason for firing Kahn. “Due to general developments, we have decided to implement a change in the top management. We would like to thank Oliver for his input and ideas.”
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