Hoeness steps down at Bayern, Flick to stay on for rest of 2019

MUNICH, Germany (AFP) – 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”.

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.