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Oliver Kahn will follow FC Bayern as a normal fan again in the future

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FC Bayern Munich and former CEO Oliver Kahn have now contractually completed their separation in last season's championship final, which was initially accompanied by discord. The agreement was announced at the end of the German football champions' trip to Asia. The »Sport Bild« reported the termination of the contract in its current issue.

"I was in contact with Oliver several times after the end of the season, and we reached a harmonious agreement on the termination of his contract. It was all consensual," said President and Chairman of the Supervisory Board Herbert Hainer to the sports magazine. The 69-year-old travelled to Asia with the team, but travelled back to Munich ahead of Wednesday's final friendly against Liverpool in Singapore.

High severance pay

Kahn had been added to the Bayern board at the beginning of 2020. On 1 July 2021, the former national goalkeeper succeeded Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, 67, as chairman of the board. He was only allowed to take responsibility for two – disappointing – seasons of the record champions as boss. His five-year contract would have expired on December 31, 2024.

According to Sport Bild, the severance payment amounts to four to five million euros. For Hainer, Champions League winner Kahn remains "a Bayern legend". Long-time CFO Jan-Christian Dreesen had succeeded Kahn as CEO.

Immediately after winning the eleventh league title in a row on the last Bundesliga matchday in Cologne, the club had made public the separation of Kahn and also of sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić, 46. Both had already been informed of the Supervisory Board's decision. In contrast to Salihamidžić, Kahn did not react insightfully and was no longer present at both the game in Cologne and the championship celebration. He was prohibited from traveling, Kahn said.

At the time, the former Bayern captain spontaneously spoke of the "worst day" of his life. After the first big frustration about the separation, Kahn also struck a conciliatory tone: "We will sit down together – when everything has cooled down – and talk about everything in peace." That has now happened.