Bayern Munich will enter the 2021/22 campaign without a familiar face overseeing the club, as Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is reportedly calling time on his 30-year stint as part of the club’s boardroom staff.
Originally taking up the position of club vice-president upon invitation in 1991, Rummenigge held that title for eleven years before he was officially appointed Chairman of Executive Board of the newly-constructed corporate football department of the club (FC Bayern München AG) in February 2002.
The role of FC Bayern München AG Chairman of Executive Board is officially to be “responsible for external relations, new media, board affairs and representing the holding company on national and international bodies.”
Though it was intended that Rummenigge would step down at the end of this calendar year, recent reports by German outlet Bild suggest he is now willing to hand over the reigns to fellow club legend Oliver Kahn in time for the beginning of next season.
The report indicates that Rummenigge campaigned for the early exchange of power himself as a way of providing a clearer, more concise avenue to the boardroom rather than enter next campaign with duties shared between a number of officials.
Rummenigge had previously quashed claims Bayern were interested in the striking sensation, claiming : “I don’t know where the rumours have come from. I can only say one thing: we have the world’s best footballer in this position. Robert Lewandowski has a contract until 2023.”
However, Haaland’s potential suitors such as Premier League titans Manchester United and Chelsea could be nervous over the change in Bayern’s board – as Kahn may differ and wish to pursue Haaland from Dortmund in similar fashion to how they secured Lewandowski.
Lewandowski is 32-years-old and though he is showing no signs of slowing down, Kahn may wish to build a Bayern for the future, with Haaland at the centre.
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His departure will end an illustrious association with Bayern Munich, with Rummenigge spending over a decade at the club as a player, making more than 350 appearances, bagging 162 goals in the process.
The two-time European footballer of the year won a number of team honours during his time with Bayern, including two Bundesliga titles and a further two European Cups.
His time on the international stage, though impressive, would not prove quite as fruitful. Rummenigge won the Euros in 1980 with West Germany, but fell at the final hurdle in two successive World Cups, finishing runners-up in both 1982 and 1986.