Hoeness steps down

17 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

After 40 years in charge, Uli Hoeness fought back tears as he officially stepped down as Bayern Munich president on Friday, when it was also confirmed interim coach Hansi Flick will remain in charge “at least until Christmas”, reports AFP.

Hoeness bowed out after former Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer was voted in as Bayern’s new president by members at the club’s annual general meeting.

The biggest surprise however at Munich’s Olympiahalle came when club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated that Flick would remain in charge for the rest of 2019 “and possibly beyond”.

Flick, the assistant coach when Germany won the 2014 World Cup, took over as caretaker boss after Niko Kovac was sacked a fortnight ago.

Flick, Kovac’s former assistant coach, oversaw their 2-0 home win over Olympiakos to qualify

for the last 16 of the Champions League with two games spare.

He was also in charge of last Saturday’s 4-0 thumping of Dortmund which moved Bayern up to third in the league, four points adrift of leaders Moenchengladbach.

Flick will stay on as interim boss for the next eight games — two of which are in Europe — until the Bundesliga breaks for winter on December 22.

“I say this with conviction: we trust Hansi Flick,” said Rummenigge.

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag, Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Tuchel and even former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, who has a Manchester City contract until June 2021, have been linked to the job.