An exclusive joint report by Bild+ and SportBild revealed a secret meeting that took place recently between Bayern Munich’s club president Uli Hoeness and former goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Kahn’s future at the club as the heir apparent of CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Bild believes that Kahn could join the club as a board member as early as the first half of 2020 (i.e. in the Rückrunde of the 2019-2020 season). They speculate that the club could announce Kahn’s impending arrival as early as this summer.
The hypothetical plan is to allow Kahn to join the board initially alongside the current president and CEO. After his reelection as chairman of the supervisory board, Hoeness’ current term runs until the end of 2022. It is furthermore extremely likely that he will also stand for reelection as club president in 2019. Both his concurrent terms in office would then expire at the close of 2022.
Rummenigge, meannwhile, extended his own with Bayern in December 2018 until the last day of 2021. Kahn could thus potentially serve as a board member alongside Rummenigge until the latter’s retirement and then spend his first year as CEO alongside Hoeness as the latter prepares for his own departure in 2022. That at least is Bild’s best guess.
Hoeness himself was tight-lipped about the meeting and its purpose. “I have nothing to say about that,” he told SportBild. The magazine followed up by asking whether everything had already been settled with Kahn. His reply:
Nothing can already be decided if the supervisory board doesn’t know about it. And it must give its blessing for such an important decision at full strength with all nine members of the panel.
Time will tell.