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Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn’s job is ‘at risk’ following defeat to Mainz

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According to journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft, the first ramifications of Bayern Munich ‘s elimination against Manchester City may be felt at the executive level. He hinted last night that something significant was going to happen in German football.

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Bayern might bring back Uli Hoeness replacing Oliver Kahn

That is not to argue that if Bayern Munich had not fired Julian Nagelsmann and replaced him with Thomas Tuchel, they would not be in the same position they are now: second in the Bundesliga and out of both the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League. The club is on the verge of going trophyless for the first time in a long time. But, the front office claims that Nagelsmann was not achieving the club’s sports standards, which is primarily the driving factor for them to make the change. Following the weekend’s 3-1 loss to Mainz, there were understandably calls for Kahn’s status as CEO to be under threat. As CEO, he is primarily responsible for overseeing personnel choices and directing the entire operations of the club’s executive board.

According to Jan Aage Fjortoft, it’s only a “matter of time” before Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn is fired. Some further information gleaned from his tweets. It states Uli Hoeness’s return is likely in progress. Moreover for the time being, Bayern Club President Herbert Hainer could serve as interim chairman. Philipp Lahm, a former player, would be the most suitable choice to take over the post. However he is presently working as the Managing Director of Euro 2024 in Germany. Hasan Salihamidzic is safe for the time being, thanks to Hoeness’s support. Kahn’s problem is that he was unable to win over the club’s staff and hence has no support.

Tuchel’s appointment could severely impact Kahn’s future

According to Sky Sports Florian Plettenberg, despite the Bayern’s disastrous run of defeats in all competitions since Tuchel’s appointment, there will be no sackings of Bayern’s front office officials. Still Kahn’s position is under tremendous pressure right now. The Bayern’s supervisory board prefers to make major personnel decisions regarding the front office and executive board after the season ends. Kahn’s job is “at risk”. Although he will atleast finish this season as Bayern’s CEO. Moreover he is also heavily associated with a position on the DFL’s executive board, with elections scheduled for this summer.

Christian Falk, a journalist for SportBild, backed up Plettenberg’s information, saying that the Bayern’s supervisory board will meet on May 22nd to discuss and decide Kahn’s future. As far as we know, no major decisions will be made before that date.

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