Oliver Kahn (l.) and Hasan Salihamidzic (c.) have been relieved of their duties at Bayern Munich. - © IMAGO/Frank Hoermann / SVEN SIMON/IMAGO/Sven Simon
Oliver Kahn (l.) and Hasan Salihamidzic (c.) have been relieved of their duties at Bayern Munich. - © IMAGO/Frank Hoermann / SVEN SIMON/IMAGO/Sven Simon

Bayern Munich dismiss CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic


Bayern Munich have parted ways with CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, the club confirmed following their dramatic Bundesliga title win on Saturday.

Kahn will be replaced by current vice-chairman of the board, Jan-Christian Dreesen. Salihamidzic's successor is still to be decided.

Kahn, who represented Bayern and Germany during a storied playing career as one of the best-ever goalkeepers, was appointed to the FC Bayern München AG board on 1 January 2020, taking over from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as CEO the following summer. During that time, the record champions won three Bundesliga titles, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, and German Supercup.

"The decision to part with Oliver Kahn was anything but easy for the supervisory board," said Bayern chairman Herbert Hainer. "Nevertheless, due to the overall development, we have come to the decision to make a new appointment at the top of the executive board. We would like to thank Oliver Kahn for his commitment, his ideas and for everything we have achieved together. He will always remain a great figure at FC Bayern. We wish him all the best for his future."

Dreesen - who has a background in corporate banking - has been a member of the FC Bayern board since February 2013 and served as vice-chairman since February 2014.

"First of all, I would like to thank our supervisory board for the trust they have placed in me," said Bayern's new CEO. "Actually, I had planned something else in my life - but when FC Bayern calls, you leave everything else behind. This club has always been a matter of the heart for me and I also know what positive power it can develop.

"I will continue to use all my energy to be successful with FC Bayern in all areas and I am looking forward to the new task. Those who know me know how much the club, its employees and our fans mean to me."

Salihamidzic - a former teammate of Kahn's - had held the sporting director role since 2017. He oversaw the signings of players such as Benjamin Pavard and Alphonso Davies.

Salihamidzic (r.) officially took over from Matthias Sammer (r.) as Bayern sporting director in July 2017. - imago sportfotodienst

Thomas Tuchel confirmed that the news was only shared with the players after the Bavarians claimed their 11th successive Bundesliga title on the final day of the 2022/23 season, edging out Borussia Dortmund on goal difference.

"It's confirmed in the dressing room just now," he told bundesliga.com, having been brought in to replace Julian Nagelsmann as head coach at the end of March.

Watch: Thomas Tuchel on Kahn and Salihamidzic double departure