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FC Bayern Munich has always paid Rummenigge satisfactorily

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is going into his last 15 months as CEO of the FC Bayern Munich. At the personal deadline of December 31, 2021, he will not shake, but at this point pass “the baton” on to the former national goalkeeper Oliver Kahn (51), Rummenigge told the German press agency. “I have no concerns that he will be a good CEO,” said the long-term boss about Kahn.

Also the Corona-Crisis cannot change the plan to quit after his current contract expires. “There is no other scenario that I have in mind, by the way, not to end my job beforehand,” said Rummenigge. He is “not one of those people who consider themselves irreplaceable. It is part of life that at some point you have to let go and trust your successors. “

He also does not have a future for Bavaria in “any committee” in mind. “I don’t have a concrete plan yet what I’ll do on January 1st, 2022. But I’m not afraid of it either. ”A position at DFB, the German Football League or at international level is also out of the question for him. “I am completely unsuitable for an office in an association,” said the former professional Rummenigge categorically.

“A stroke of luck for FC Bayern”

His Bayern agenda includes “three things in particular”. The first thing to do is to stay on track in a sporty way. It is important to “preserve the great success of the triple win so that there is something to celebrate again in 2021”. Point two is overcoming the Corona crisis. “We have to manage this situation in order to get away financially with a black eye, like last season.” Corona will “hit all clubs in Europe hard”. Point three concerns his successor. “A great personal concern” is the further familiarization with Kahn. “When I hand over the baton to him at the end of 2021, it has to be seamless.”


Successor found: Karl-Heinz-Rummenigge (left) prepares Oliver Kahn for his new tasks and responsibilities.
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Looks in the coach change at Bayern Rummenigge meanwhile a decisive reason for the sporting high of the club. “When Hansi took over as head coach in November, it was a stroke of luck for FC Bayern. It was as if someone had switched the light on again, ”said Rummenigge. “How he did it is à la bonne heure. We can count ourselves lucky. And Hansi is a great guy. “

As the successor to Niko Kovac the 55-year-old Flick led Bayern to a triple and made the German soccer record champions current number one in Europe by winning the Champions League. “Hansi does the job as if he had been doing it as head coach for decades, with his experience, his tactics, the training management and especially his empathy. Fortunately, this radiates inwards and outwards, ”said Rummenigge.

Flick succeeded in reviving “the playing culture of FC Bayern”, which the club had been able to enjoy years before under the coaches Pep Guardiola, Jupp Heynckes and Louis van Gaal. “I have never seen that all players really stand behind a philosophy like that. It is a great achievement that Hansi has had a lasting positive influence on the character of the team. The old Herberger sentence applies to us: One for all, all for one, ”enthused the football official who was born in Lippstadt.

Flick’s contract as Munich head coach was extended in the spring to the beginning of July 2023. Rummenigge emphasized that the association had to “support him well now” in order to maintain its success over the long term: “The management must create the conditions that enable you to be successful. And the team and the coach must try to play successful football with these conditions. “

Salaries in professional football

In an interview before his 65th birthday this Friday, Rummenigge also commented on the subject of “salaries” and answered the question of what position he fits in as chairman of the board in the salary structure of FC Bayern. The 64-year-old said that the multi-million euro fees in football are similar to show business. “I would say football is like the movie business in Hollywood. The head of the studio is not the best paid person, but the actors.

“The protagonists are down on the lawn with us. Incidentally, I was always paid very satisfactorily at Bayern Munich. ”He did not reveal the amount of his salary. Munich’s top earners such as goal scorer Robert Lewandowski or goalkeeper Manuel Neuer are valued at annual salaries in the double-digit million range. Rummenigge said he didn’t like talking about money in public. “I am very fortunate to have been able to lead a privileged life thanks to football since I was 18.”

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