Half a year has passed since Oliver Kahn joined the board of directors of Bayern Munich. Olli, 50, who was the record-breaking goalkeeper and leader from 1994 to 2008, is now functional. Everyone knows he has to become the big boss after Karl-Heinz Rummenigge resigns.
Clearly, Kahn would like to have a less stressful start – the Coronavirus pandemic caused him a lot of problems, even though football was not played in Germany at all during the crisis.
“Coronavirus had a huge impact on the first months of my career in this role. We all need to think from day to day and make decisions that way. It was almost nothing like before, ”Kahn said in an interview with the Bild newspaper.
‘We watched how Flick developed the team, how much the players were progressing under his leadership.’
Along with Kahn, Bayern have successfully resolved almost all important issues: contracts with Thomas Muller, Alphonso Davies, and Captain Manuel Neuer have been extended, and a new, long-term contract has been signed with Hans Flick.
“We analyzed Flick’s work very intensively. We observed how he was developing the team, how much the players were progressing under his leadership,” said Kahn, a 55-year-old coach. Recall that in the hands of Flick, Bayern won 23 of 26 games. The next championship of the Munich Grandee is also virtually inevitable.
Oliver Kahn is one of the main men in Bayern’s board of directors, along with Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. However, insiders say that Kahn has a central role to play in negotiations. He himself, of course, modestly answers this question: “I have always been a team player. The spectators may have had a different impression during my game. But I can boldly say that I have always been a team player. ”
Kahn will replace Rummenigge as president of Bayern from 2022. Former Bayern president Uli Hoenes says Oliver Kahn has lived up to 100 percent of his expectations over the past six months: “I am absolutely convinced that his appointment was the right decision. We already see the results of his work.” – These are the words of Hoenes.