Hoeneß steps down as Bayern Munich president

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Friday 15th November 2019 marked Uli Hoeneß’s last day as Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich’s President.

This was during the club’s annual general meeting on Friday 15 November 2019 when the former West German forward announced he had stepped down from his position.

The former player and commercial/general manager of Bayern Munich will hand over the reins of the Bundesliga champions to the former CEO of Adidas and deputy chairman of the Bayern Supervisory Board, of which Hoeneß will remain a member until the end of his term in 2022.

Herbert Hainer will assume the role of the presidency at Bayern Munich following the resignation of club president Uli, yesterday at the AGM | courtesy picture

Uli Hoeneß’s decision to retire brings an end to a career that spans over 49 years of daily involvement with the club since joining as a player in 1970.

In 2009, after 30 years in the job, Hoeneß succeeded Franz Beckenbauer as the club’s president (overseeing all sporting departments), having also spent the previous seven years in the capacity of vice-chairman of the football club.

Hoeneß stepped down from all his roles in 2014 before returning as president two years later, being re-elected by 98.5 percent of the members.

During his 40 years in management, Hoeneß has overseen an unprecedented haul of trophies as Bayern have won 20 Bundesliga titles, 11 DFB Cups, two UEFA Champions League trophies and more.

He was one of the driving forces behind the construction of the state-of-the-art Allianz Arena, which Bayern has already completely paid off thanks to a strong financial balance that Hoeneß championed with his innovative ideas regarding merchandising in his early years as general manager.

Hansi Flick to remain in charge

During the AGM, the Club also confirmed that interim boss Hansi Flick will remain in charge “at least until Christmas”.

Flick has guided Bayern to two wins two games since replacing Niko Kovac, who was sacked at the start of the month.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists the club believes in the 54-year-old.

And since we don’t want to be asked every Saturday whether Hansi will be our head coach for the next match, I’ll tell you, dear members: ‘until further notice’ means Hansi Flick will bear responsibility in terms of sport at least until Christmas, and potentially beyond.

[Flick has an] impressive concept of training and tactics. His handling of the players is very good, and we like his pleasant demeanour. I’m telling you with absolute conviction: We trust Hansi Flick.

Bayern Munich now embarks on a new era following Uli Hoeness’ departure.

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