As Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge winds down his illustrious career, the harsh reality of having to clear out his office hit the club legends.
“I’ll put everything together in the next two weeks, then Oliver can gladly take it over. The nicest thing about this office is the view of the training area,” Rummenigge said in an interview with Bild. “So I always knew how things were going. When the mood in the club was bad and the boys trained well, the opponents usually had no chance (laughs).”
Rummenigge sounds like he is ready to enjoy a little downtime and will not throw his hat in the ring to take a supervisory position at the DFB UEFA, or FIFA.
“No, I rule that out, but of course I will take my responsibility on the UEFA Executive Committee. But first and foremost I want to give something back to my wife. Since our wedding in 1978, she has had my back,” said Rummenigge. “After the European Championship game against France, we’re going to our house on Sylt and we’re both looking forward to our first summer vacation without transfer calls.”
When next season comes around, however, Rummenigge also will have to face the reality his normal seat for watching games will now go to Oliver Kahn.
“That’s what I’m assuming. Maybe I’ll move closer to Uli Hoeneß again, then he’ll have to endure my swearing (laughs),” Rummenigge said. “I’m trying to make one wish come true in the new season: stand on the south stand and watch a game between the fans.”
As for what he hopes will happen in the first season post-Rummenigge, the 65-year-old wants nothing but success for Bayern Munich.
“A Champions League triumph at the next final in 2023! The 2012 final defeat in Munich against Chelsea is my only wound that has not healed,” Rummenigge said.