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Hoeness officially will not seek re-election as president of Bayern Munich, Herbert Hainer nominated

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In a meeting of Bayern Munich’s advisory board, Hoeness officially declared his intention to step down from the presidency, nominating Herbert Hainer as his successor.

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Now it is official: at a meeting of Bayern Munich’s Advisory Board, club president Uli Hoeness officially stated his decision not to see reelection as club president. He further informed the Supervisory Board of the club’s soccer division.

As expected, Hoeness recommended that former Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer be nominated as his successor as president of the club. The board duly resolved to nominate Hainer. The club members will vote for the president at the annual general assembly in November. Whether Hainer stands for office uncontested remains to be seen. His current vice presidents, Dr. Dieter Mayer and Walter Mennekes, both will candidate for their posts again.

Hoeness will remain a factor at Bayern’s soccer division (Bayern München AG). While he will cease to be the chairmanship of the Supervisory Board after the general assembly, he will remain a member of the board until 2023.

Two other prominent club personalities were in attendance at the meeting of the supervisory board at the Allianz Arena on Thursday: Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic (Bild).

Kahn will officially join the board on January 2 and is anticipated to replace current chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge by 2021. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic may be promoted to the board as well as “director of sport” (i.e. Sportvorstand). He has previously stated that he would not serve in a junior capacity under Kahn in that role. Salihamidzic’s current contract expires in 2020 and has not yet been extended.

Hoeness will give a press conference about his decision on Friday.