Bayern Munich’s dismissed CEO Oliver Kahn struck a conciliatory tone in the heated controversy with the record champions and announced a meeting. “We will – when everything has cooled down – sit down and talk about everything in peace,” said Kahn Picture-Newspaper.
He had “so far commented very factually on everything. I’m sure everyone can understand that I’m disappointed not to have been with the team yesterday,” continued the long-time Bayern captain.
Kahn defended his time at Bayern. “I took on this responsibility because I wanted to give something back to the club. It wasn’t an easy task after the very successful time with Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge,” he said.
The club is “currently in a transitional phase, which is always difficult and in which mistakes sometimes happen,” said Kahn: “Even if the current situation is not easy, the many great experiences with FC Bayern far outweigh this for me the negative ones. The irritations of the last few days won’t change that either.”
Previously, President Herbert Hainer Kahn had verbally extended his hand. “We are always ready” for a reconciliation, Hainer said on the fringes of the celebrations at Marienplatz on BR, “I also wrote to Oliver that I can be reached at any time”.
Kahn is “an icon of FC Bayern”, added Hainer: “I’m so sorry that things are so different. I hope that he has insight and comes back.”
Bayern had parted ways with Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic on the home stretch of the season with the last-minute championship in Cologne (2-1). According to Hainer, while Salihamidzic’s exit was “amicable”, Kahn intervened. There were contradictory reports about the ex-captain’s recall process, he was not allowed to celebrate and spoke of the “worst day of my life”.