Bayern Munich and CEO Oliver Kahn parted ways following the club’s Bundesliga victory on Saturday in Cologne. The club’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, has also left the club with immediate effect. Salihamidzic was at the dramatic victory over Köln. However, Kahn was not present at the game from the start.
Jan-Christian Dreesen replaces Kahn immediately.
Bayern Munich won its 11th Bundesliga title in 11 years. Traditionally, that kind of dominance in the league would be celebrated. That will certainly be the case in Munich in the coming weeks. However, this season has been a relative disaster for Bayern Munich when it comes to its performance in that decade. In addition, it is a continuation since Kahn’s arrival at the Allianz.
The legendary goalkeeper of Bayern Munich and Germany took over as CEO on July 1, 2021, replacing Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Rummenigge, another icon of Bayern and Germany, has been at the helm of the club’s board since 2002.
Kahn oversaw Julian Nagelsmann’s management period, who arrived at the same time as Kahn. The CEO unexpectedly sacked Nagelsmann in March this year while the club was active in the Champions League and runners-up in the Bundesliga. Kahn replaced him with Thomas Tuchel. However, Manchester City pushed Bayern out of the Champions League with relative ease and Bayern won the Bundesliga on goal difference alone. Apparently it was not an easy season for Bayern.
Bayern Munich fires Oliver Kahn after a turbulent season
Bayern’s 71 points, while joint best with Borussia Dortmund, are the club’s fewest in a 34-match Bundesliga season since 65 points in 2010/11. For the third consecutive year, Bayern Munich crashed in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. For most clubs, that’s not a bad return. However, from 2011/12 to 2019/20, Bayern made it past the quarter-finals in seven of those nine seasons. That also included two Champions League wins and a treble in 2019/20.
Even Thomas Tuchel said the season would not be “satisfactory” based on the number of points Bayern have or their performance in key games.
The farewell to Bayern with Kahn and Salihamidzic is part of a new wave at Bayern Munich. With some older stars such as Thomas Muller or Manuel Neuer, some of the young talent at Bayern has already shown their potential. Jamal Musiala, for example, scored a stunning goal to give Bayern the title on Saturday.
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