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Bayern Munich fire CEO Kahn, sporting director Salihamidzic despite Bundesliga title win

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Football News Oliver Kahn (l.) and Hasan Salihamidzic (c.) have been relieved of their duties at Bayern Munich. -  IMAGO/Frank Hoermann / SVEN SIMON/IMAGO/Sven Simon
SAT, 27 MAY 2023 LISTEN
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 have parted ways with club CEO Oliver Kahn and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic only minutes after they snatched their 11th straight Bundesliga title on the last matchday on Saturday, the club said.

Kahn, who took over the position in 2021 succeeding Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, will be replaced by Jan-Christian Dreesen with immediate effect, the club said in a statement.

"It was a difficult decision to part ways with Oliver but we came to the conclusion that based on the overall development a restaffing of the top position in the board," Bayern said.

Bayern beat Cologne 2-1 thanks to an 89th minute winner from Jamal Musiala and benefited from Borussia Dortmund's 2-2 draw to win the title on goal difference.

They were eliminated from the German Cup and the Champions League in the last eight despite changing coaches in late March with Thomas Tuchel taking over from Julian Nagelsmann in a surprise move.

Kahn responded to his firing on Twitter, where he congratulated the team and said he'd like to celebrate with the players "but unfortunately I can't be there today because I wasn't allowed."

Speaking ahead of Saturday's final game, Tuchel said the season would be a let down even if they won the title.

"It won't be a season that we can be happy with," he said. "It won't be a season in which the number of points is enough for our demands, in which the quality of our game is enough for us. Regardless of how it goes in the end, it won't be a satisfactory season anymore."

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