Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge puts his departure date forward six months to ensure the new season is not disrupted as Oliver Kahn now prepares to take over the job NEXT MONTH
- Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was originally set to leave the CEO position at the end of the year
- But he has brought forward his departure from Bayern Munich to the end of this month
- Ex-Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Khan is about to take over from Rummenigge
- That transition will now be this summer instead of mid-season
- Rummenigge, 65, will serve on UEFA’s Executive Committee until at least 2024
The 65-year-old will bring forward his departure date to avoid splitting next season’s leadership into two halves.
Former Bayern and Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn is now set to replace Rummenigge from early July.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (right) will hand over the reins to new CEO Oliver Khan (left) early next month, rather than at the end of the year. They are pictured with the chairman of the supervisory board of Bayern, Herbert Hainer Hai
Rummenigge has been an executive at Bayern for 30 years and is preparing for his retirement
Rummenigge, who has been Bayern’s director for 30 years, was originally scheduled to remain in office until December 31, after which Kahn replaced him.
But he has now decided that a transfer of power in the summer would be easier to clarify the decision-making process for next season.
“It’s the most strategically sensible and logical moment,” Rummenigge said. ‘We are approaching the end of the financial year and at the same time a new phase is starting with a new coaching team.
“The new season must be the responsibility of Oliver Kahn as the new CEO from the start – also in terms of the people involved and thus in terms of FC Bayern’s future.
“Two years ago I said we were planning a cautious transition, and it’s finally being implemented. That’s how it should be.’
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He added: “It is a farewell full of satisfaction and pride, I can hand over a club that is completely intact sportingly, economically and structurally. That was important to me.
“I want to thank so many people whose paths I crossed at FC Bayern. First of all, of course, my colleagues on the board, chairman Herbert Hainer and our committees, especially the supervisory board.
“But also all FC Bayern employees and of course our fantastic fans. I hope they can support our team back in the stadium soon.
I sincerely wish FC Bayern the greatest possible success, lasting intact values and an unshakable sense of unity. I never learned Bavarian – but let me say this as goodbye: my bleim my (we remain who we are).’
Bayern win the Bundesliga trophy after winning their ninth consecutive league title
The transition process has already started, with Rummenigge playing a minor role in the negotiations for the appointment of the new crib Julian Nagelsmann.
He will be making a clear break with the club and will not serve on their supervisory board or in any other role. However, Rummenigge will serve on UEFA’s Executive Committee until at least 2024.
Khan, who only joined the club’s board of directors since January last year, has huge shoes to fill.
Rummenigge has experienced an extraordinary period of dominance with the club winning the Bundesliga just before the ninth consecutive season.
Rummenigge presents outgoing manager Hansi Flick with a poster to celebrate his successes
Julian Nagelsmann will replace Flick as manager from the beginning of next month
They won the Champions League in 2001, 2013, and 2020, as well as numerous other national and international awards.
Khan said: “Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has done a great job for FC Bayern as CEO for over 20 years. During this time, the club has won everything there is to win, and his services to FC Bayern cannot be rated highly enough.
“Now it is time for me to take over the responsibility at the helm of FC Bayern Munchen AG. In the last 18 months I have learned all facets of the club and I know very well how FC Bayern works and what challenges lie ahead.
‘I am aware of the task and the responsibility it entails and I am really looking forward to it.’