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“Great loss for the Bundesliga”: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge reacts to Christian Seifert’s decision to leave the DFL

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Bayern Munich chairman says it will be a tough to find a perfect replacement for Seifert.

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Christian Seifert announced on Monday that he will not renew his term in office as the CEO of DFL, which currently runs till June 2022. He has been a part of the Deutsche Fußball Liga since 2005 and will be stepping out after seventeen successful years of service at the management. In an interview given to Sky TV (via AZ), Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented on Seifert’s departure and said that it is a “big loss” for the Bundesliga.

“That is a great loss for the Bundesliga. He has done a first-rate job for 15 years now; the Bundesliga has lastingly profited,” said Rummenigge.

With his achievements in the past fifteen years and the things he has done for the amelioration of the DFL, Seifert is considered as a very important figure in the management. Rummenigge said that finding someone to fill Seifert’s shoes is going to be a tough task and that it is important to make sure there is enough time when it comes to the hunt for a new CEO.

Rummenigge said of the search for a successor, “It was obvious that it will not be so simple this time, because he proved able to show emphatically again his qualities, particularly in these times of the coronavirus. That will have been noticed not only by the DFL and Bundesliga clubs.”

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“I understand him. He’s 52 years old now and at that age you start to think, if you want to do something new, you have to do it now,” added Rummenigge.