Kathleen Krüger is one of the most important employees that Bayern Munich has. You might think that’s an overstatement, but she is responsible for the Bavarian club working like a clock. In an interesting interview with Sport Bild, you will find in-depth Kathleen’s role and importance for the club!
How did she start working at Bayern Munich?
Krüger’s career in Munich began in 2003, as a player. She was 18-years-old when she came to Bayern Munich. At only 24, she put an end to her playing career, saying: “I quit because at that time there was only a nice pocket money for the enormous effort.”
After her retirement, she started working with the women’s team and was later brought to the men’s team as Christian Nerlinger’s assistant, while he was the sporting director. She said that Uli Hoeneß was responsible for her new job.
She became untouchable because of...
In 2012, Matthias Sammer replaced Nerlinger and Kathleen was promoted to the team manager. Sammer questioned her and was prepared to fire her, but Jupp Heynckes intervened. He went to Uli Hoeneß and told him: “If Kathleen has to go, I’ll go, too!”
Since then, Krüger has been untouchable and has grown closer and closer to the team. Thomas Müller said: “She is the one who holds the team together. No matter what problems we have, we can always come to her.”
What does she do at Bayern?
Krüger is the team manager of Rekordmeister, and her job includes the complete organization of the team. She is in charge of organizing where the team will stay, flights, on-site transfers, equipment, planning the training camp — all of this runs through her. Most football fans see her on the sidelines of Bundesliga matches, preparing the substitutions board. While she is on the bench, Kathleen is also first in contact with the medical staff.
But besides her usual work, she looks to be the soul of the team and is of huge importance for the squad. She is the only person outside the team to be in Bayern’s Whatsapp group.
She has a particularly good relationship with three players — Serge Gnabry, David Alaba, and Joshua Kimmich. “There are simply a few players with whom I have a closer relationship, who sometimes sit down with me in the office for half an hour before training. Then you chat about private things — and that includes Serge, David, and Joshua.”
Parting ways with Bayern Munich
Soon, Kathleen Krüger and Bayern Munich will part ways. Fortunately for everyone, not permanently and also for a happy reason — she is expecting a baby! The baby is due in May, and when she announced the news in front of the whole team, the team reacted with applause.
Bayern’s front office will decide who will be Kathleen’s successor, but the successor won’t come on a permanent job. Kathleen Krüger definitely wants to come back to the team.