Uli Hoeness started working in Bayern Munich’s front office immediately after retiring from professional football in 1979. Now, he will be stepping down from his president role but will be still active in Bayern through soccer division (Bayern München AG). But there are some rumors that there were other factors that affected his decision, for example, a dispute with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
In his latest press conference, he talked, among other things, about these rumors:
No, that [the quarrel with Rummenigge] did not influence my decision. You wouldn’t actually think that I’d give up because of a dispute in the office.
Hoeness admits that there was conflict, but looked at them as simply having a difference of opinion. He explains and said that some were louder, but in the end, every one of them was basically a discussion.
Another rumor is that on the annual general meeting, he faced heavy criticism and that he’s stepping down because of that incident. Hoeness admits that it wasn’t decisive, but definitely gave him the extra push to decide:
We have managed to set all points calmly. I wanted to go through the big gate and decide for myself
Hoeness’ successor will be Herbert Hainer who used to be CEO of Adidas. Hoeness has only words of praise for Hainer and thinks of him as the perfect successor, both sport and economy-wise:
One who can lead Adidas, can also lead Bayern.
Finally, probably the biggest reason for his decision is that he wants to spend more time with his family. Uli admits that he has no plan, but that it is exciting for him. He is looking forward to it, but his wife didn’t believe that he would step down:
You can believe me, who knows me, knows that I’m not a cigar-smoking and golfing pensioner.