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Hoeness weighs retiring in two to three years

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Bayern Munich’s outspoken president is already thinking about life after Bayern Munich, but what unicorn could replace him?


MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE!) Uli Hoeness, President of FC Bayern Muenchen talks to supporters prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Sport-Club Freiburg at Allianz Arena on November 3, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Uli Hoeness meets to supporters prior to the match against Freiburg, November 3, 2018.
Photo by A. Hassenstein/Getty Images for FC Bayern

After surprising many with his candid and calm reflections on Bayern Munich’s current season and his own part in a controversial press conference earlier this season, club president Uli Hoeness openly told Bild that he is already deliberating retirement in the near future (via multiple reports, Spiegel, kicker etc.).

Hoeness told the magazine that, as he nears retirement, he hopes to provide for the financial freedom of whoever succeeds him as club president:

I’ll do this job for two or three more years and want to leave my successor a full cash box. Then they can do whatever they want with the money.

As to who might eventually succeed him, Hoeness indicated that he had as little clue as anyone else:

My successor should be someone who has a human side. And someone who comes from the soccer world. We have to look for a unicorn.* It’ll be hard. If I knew this or that guy could do it, I’d quit next year.

A “unicorn” hardly does justice to the difficulty of finding a replacement for Hoeness. In German, he anticipates a hunt for the eierlegende Wollmilchsau, the “egg-laying wool-dairy-pig” — a veritable four-legged cornucopiae for the medieval Bavarian farmer.

Who do you think might fit that unusual profile?