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Bayern bosses are under increasing attack as Kahn’s future as CEO is in question

origin 1Munich CEO Oliver Kahn is pictured during the pre-match interview before the UEFA Champions League second round football match between Bayern Munich and Manchester City at the Allianz Arena. Sven Hoppe/dpa

Bayern Munich’s recent modest results and decision-making have put CEO Oliver Kahn and sports board member Hasan Salihamidzic under pressure, with Kahn’s future starting to come into question.

The former Germany and Bayern captain Kahn took over from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in 2021.

He and Salihamidzic have recently come under fire over the surprise release of manager Julian Nagelsmann, with Thomas Tuchel now in charge, but the club have exited in the German Cup and Champions League in the last two weeks and another Bundesliga title isn’t even guaranteed.

“Now Kahn is shaking,” Bild newspaper said in an editorial on their website on Thursday in reference to his position, the day after a 1-1 draw with Manchester City marked a European exit.

Bild said Kahn’s achievements as CEO with only Bundesliga titles “were not Bayern-like” and that like Nagelsmann he must be measured by success.

Sports magazine Kicker said Bayern’s famous Mia san Mia (We are who we are) attitude had ended with the exit of Rummenigge and former chairman Uli Hoeneß, who is still an important figure on the supervisory board.

“The question is when their actions will be questioned, how long the still powerful Hoeneß will observe the happenings in and with the supervisory board. After all, the coaching change has already been played,” said Kicker.

Former Bundesliga player Jan Aage Fjörtoft, now a television pundit in his native Norway, went even further when he tweeted on Thursday: “I was told there is ‘an ongoing process’ and a ‘matter of time’ before that Oliver Kahn…is removed from office.”

Former Frankfurt player Fjörtoft added that “there was talk” that Bayern president Herbert Hainer could fill the role on an interim basis or even the return of Hoeneß.