News : FC Bayern: Rummenigge stops as CEO – sport
The Karl-Heinz Rummenigge era at Bundesliga soccer club FC Bayern Munich ends six months earlier than planned. The 65-year-old terminated his contract as CEO of the Munich based company on June 30, 2021. The club confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.
“It is the strategically most sensible and logical point in time,” Rummenigge is quoted as saying. “Oliver Kahn as the new CEO should be responsible for the new season from the start – also in terms of the people involved and thus in terms of the future of FC Bayern.”
This means that Oliver Kahn will take over the post of 65-year-old six months earlier than planned. There was initially no confirmation from the club. In the almost 20 years under Rummenigge’s leadership, Bayern experienced the most successful sporting and economic period in their club history. “It is a farewell with satisfaction and pride, I am able to hand over a club that is sporting, economically and structurally completely intact,” says Rummenigge.
The highlights were the triple years (Champions League, championship and DFB Cup) under coaches Jupp Heynckes (2013) and Hansi Flick (2020). Since 2013, the Munich team has also won the championship title every year.
After Hoeneß ‘now the second alpha animal goes
The native Westphalian, who played a total of 310 Bundesliga games (162 goals) for Munich between 1974 and 1984, is apparently not aiming for a place on the supervisory board. Rummenigges farewell will represent a turning point in Germany’s top club. Club patron Uli Hoeneß had withdrawn from the front row in 2019, even if the 69-year-old is still involved in the supervisory board.
Now the other alpha animal, who has shaped the club for decades and led especially during Hoeneß’s prison sentence from 2014 to 2016, is leaving. Rummenigge’s credo was: “I am not one of those people who consider themselves irreplaceable. It is part of life that at some point you have to let go and trust your successors.”
It now seems logical that he is handing over the business to Kahn six months earlier. Most recently, the record national player Lothar Matthäus stood up for Rummenigge as the new DFB boss. The vice-world champion of 1982 and 1986 had ruled this out in the past. Rummenigge recently surprisingly returned to the executive branch of the European Football Union as a club representative in the wake of the crisis after the turmoil surrounding the Super League.