Xabi Alonso retired from Bayern Munich in 2017, but from the beginning of his tenure in Germany, he was one of the fan favorites and was respected by his teammates and staff alike. Recently, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was a guest on Bild’s podcast (via AS), and among other things, Alonso’s name became a focal point of the conversation.
During his time in Bavaria, Alonso made many friends and Bayern Munich’s CEO was one of them. Rummenigge said that they remained in contact and also that he is expecting to see Alonso back at Bayern Munich in the future; only this time as a manager. Rummenigge added that Xabi has the necessary qualities for him to succeed as a manager and could be a possibility for Bayern down the road.
“He will be a coach who may be of interest to FC Bayern at some point in the future,” said Rummenigge. “I can imagine that.”
Later Rummenigge commented on why he thought Alonso was such a natural for a managerial role.
“(Alonso) has this empathy that you need — especially with today’s generation of players to spin such a common thread with them,” Rummenigge remarked.
These statements kind of sound like Rummenigge already has a replacement for Hansi Flick in mind, but the 65-year-old legend made sure to let it be known that he wants Flick to stay for a long time.
“I hope he stays [a] long, long, long [time]. This is a coach who, for the first time, I trust will stay long,” the CEO said.