In a much anticipated decision, the Bayern Munich board has officially decided to part ways with their CEO Oliver Kahn and board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic. The decision comes right after Bayern’s triumph in the Bundesliga as they clinched their 11th consecutive title as is still somewhat of a shock, all things considered.
The club has already lined up Kahn’s successor with Vice-Chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen set to take over his duties as Chief Executive Officer. The Board’s stance on Salihamidzic’s position is still unclear.
As the dust settled on Saturday evening with Bayern coming out victorious, it was anything but a moment to celebrate for club legend Oliver Kahn. The former Germany goalkeeper, who made over 350 appearances for the club was relieved of his duties along with once teammate Salihamidzic mere hours after Bayern’s Bundesliga celebrations.
The club released an official statement on their site regarding the same:
“Oliver Kahn is no longer CEO of FC Bayern Munchen AG. Hasan Salihamidzic will also be replaced as board member for sport. This was decided by the club’s supervisory board. Kahn will be replaced by the current vice-chairman of the board Jan-Christian Dreesen. Salihamidzic’s successor is still to be decided.”
Kahn joined the Bayern board for the first time all the way back in 2020, taking over as CEO the very next year. The 53 year-old will leave the club with immense success to his name in the form of 2 league titles, a Champions League, a European Super Cup along with the DFB Pokal and Supercup.
Herbert Hainer, chairman of Bayern’s supervisory board had this to say about the same:
“The decision to part with Oliver Kahn was anything but easy for the supervisory board. Nevertheless, due to the overall development, we have come to the decision to make a new appointment at the top of the executive board. We would like to thank Oliver Kahn for his commitment, his ideas and for everything we have achieved together. He will always remain a great figure at FC Bayern. We wish him all the best for his future.”
Former midfield star Hasan Salihamidzic joined Bayern as their Sporting Director back in 2017, before being promoted to board member of sport 3 years later. Talking about his time at the club, the 46 year-old said:
“It has been a great journey, which I would have liked to continue, but I respect the decision of the supervisory board. FC Bayern stands above everything else, and I wish our team and our fans cohesion and success.”
Have a good day ahead.