The Bayern players celebrate winning the 33rd German championship. © Federico Gambarini/dpa
The expulsion of Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic overshadows the Munich championship celebrations. Now the bosses want to explain themselves - and then celebrate with the team and fans.
Munich - In the midst of the tremor at the top of the club over the expulsion of board members Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic, FC Bayern wants to celebrate its eleventh league title in a row in the afternoon.
Prior to this, the Munich team held a press conference at 11.30 a.m. with club boss Herbert Hainer and new chairman of the board Jan-Christian Dreesen. There, the bosses want to explain the separation of Kahn and Salihamidzic, which the record champions had confirmed shortly after winning the title on Saturday.
Kahn, who was promoted to the top of the board two years ago, had already been absent from the stands in the 2-1 win in Cologne. "Because I was forbidden by the club," the 53-year-old tweeted. "That was the worst day of my life, taking it away from me to celebrate with the boys," Kahn later told Sky. On Friday, at an extraordinary supervisory board meeting, the separation of the ex-national goalkeeper and sporting director Salihamidzic was decided. "I learned a lot. FC Bayern is something special, a club that will always be successful. That's why I'm very proud of the time," said Salihamidzic.
The decision was not easy for the supervisory board, assured club boss Hainer. However, the "overall development" was the reason for the decision. Kahn and Salihamidzic are accused of a misguided personnel policy in the composition of the squad. The handling of the sudden change of coach from Julian Nagelsmann to Thomas Tuchel also caused heated debates.
Observers sharply criticized the communication of the Munich so soon after the decisive game of the season. "That's unworthy of FC Bayern. They have to be careful not to divide themselves," said Sky expert Dietmar Hamann. "Crazy. I'm really at a loss for words. Fashion, timing," said former Bayern professional Sandro Wagner on ZDF. Former Munich player Toni Kroos told the portal "Real total" about Bayern's handling of Kahn: "This is not my construction site now, but it already gives a picture that is a bit questionable."
Dreesen, the current Chief Financial Officer, will take over from Kahn. A new sporting director is still being sought. Once again, Max Eberl, currently in charge of RB Leipzig, is being discussed. The name of Eintracht Frankfurt's sporting director Markus Krösche is also mentioned. According to the "Bild am Sonntag", Kahn's predecessor Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is moving into the supervisory board. He is to advise the Munich team on squad planning for the new season.
For the afternoon, FC Bayern invites its fans to the championship party at Marienplatz. From 14:00 p.m., the last game of the season of the Munich women's team will be shown on a screen, which can also become champions with a win against Turbine Potsdam. From 17.30 p.m., the Munich champion players want to present themselves on the town hall balcony. Dpa