For Uli Hoeneß, there was no alternative to the dismissal of CEO Oliver Kahn and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic at German champions Bayern Munich.
The sum of the decisions of the two would have ensured an “overall development” that “has caused more and more irritation over time,” said the long-time FCB president and manager in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
As an example of poor communication, Honorary President Hoeneß cited the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of coach Julian Nagelsmann. Kahn and Salihamidzic made this decision without consultation, despite the great implications. “Nobody” knew about it, “even Herbert Hainer (FCB President, ed.) As Chairman of the Supervisory Board was informed much too late. And something like that just doesn’t work,” said Hoeneß.
Kahn chose the wrong approach and had too little connection to football. “Oliver had defined his role for himself in such a way that he largely stayed out of sport. Sport is the main task. Our product is football,” said Hoeneß. In addition, Kahn maintained neither close contact with him nor with the former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Hoeneß: “The last few days and weeks have been anything but a pleasure”
“You can set up any company from scratch and do everything differently, that’s perfectly legitimate – but you have to be successful with it. It’s about nothing else. It bothers me when it’s said again that Hoeneß still wants to set the rules,” said the 71-year-old: “I would prefer if everything went well and we still had all the board members together. The last few days and weeks have been anything but a pleasure.”
Together with Rummenigge, who was appointed to the supervisory board on Tuesday, Hoeneß is now in talks with players and advisors. Coach Thomas Tuchel “will play an important role in the decision-making process, but he will certainly not go to the clubs or consultants and conduct negotiations.”