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Uli Hoeness discusses Müller-Wohlfahrt's return to Bayern Munich

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Things should “settle down” with Müller-Wohlfahrt and his team back at Säbener Straße.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of Bayern Muenchen talks with Uli Hoeness, President of Bayern Muenchen, in the crowd during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)
Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at Bayern Munich's group stage game against Celtic in Glasgow, October 31, 2017.
Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images

Bayern Munich club president Uli Hoeness spoke to the Münchner Merkur about the recent decision to reappoint the well-known Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt head team doctor after the sudden departure of his erstwhile successor, Volker Braun. The medical staff at Bayern had apparently been a bone of contention ever since Müller-Wohlfahrt quit in 2015:

For two years, this topic was a constant source of unrest in the club. And I am confident that just as everything settled down in the shortest amount of time with Jupp Heynckes, everything will calm down with the arrival Müller-Wohlfahrt's team, too.

Hoeness himself was reportedly Müller-Wohlfahrt's chief advocate. According to him, the idea of bringing Müller-Wohlfahrt back “came up” after Dr. Braun requested his release. Hoeness clarified that the veteran doctor “not coming back as a kind of Müller-Wohlfahrt superstar, but rather as a team player.” Far from a one-man show, Müller-Wohlfahrt will be supported by two or three younger collaborators.

As initially reported by Bild, Müller-Wohlfahrt will share the burden of assisting the team and attending games with him three members of his medical practice: Peter Ueblacker, Lutz Hänsel, and Jochen Hahne. Hahne in particular is already team doctor for Bayern Munich's basketball team and also supports the German national soccer team.

As Hoeness explained, “When you have Champions League games and Bundesliga away games, and you still want to run a practice on top of that, then you have to spread the burden onto different shoulders.”

Bayern Munich are making plans to open a medical practice at Säbener Straße itself in 2018. “At the moment,” Hoeness stated, “the plan is for two of the young doctors to attend to the team. And Müller-Wohlfahrt will then be a kind of supervisor.”