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“Worst day of my life” – Why Bayern Munich sacked CEO and sporting director despite winning Bundesliga

By Ben Green

Published: 14:43, 28 May 2023

Oliver Kahn has described Bayern Munich’s last-gasp Bundesliga triumph as the “worst day of my life” after he was forbidden from attending the club’s title celebrations following his dismissal.

Bayern retained their title in dramatic fashion on Saturday after Borussia Dortmund failed to beat Mainz and Jamal Musiala scored in the final few minutes of their match-up against Cologne. Thomas Tuchel’s men ultimately secured the Meisterschale on goal difference.

Despite their late domestic success, it has been a turbulent campaign for the Bavarians, which saw them dismiss Julian Nagelsmann in March, crash out of the Champions League to Manchester City with a whimper and nearly slip-up against their Der Klassiker rivals.

As a result of the uncertainty both on and off the field, the club have decided to part company from their CEO and sporting director. An announcement was made about the sackings of Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic just after Bayern’s 2-1 win over Cologne.

Given the situation, Kahn was prevented from attending the match and ultimately had to miss out on the dramatics in North Rhine-Westphalia, a situation he is not happy about at all.

He told Sky Germany“That was the worst day of my life, not being able to party with the boys.”

Their departures have also raised an interesting concern about Tuchel’s future. The former Chelsea boss was instilled into the hotseat following Nagelsmann’s sacking, with Kahn and Salihamidzic the collective driving forces behind the decision.

Despite this, Tuchel has swatted away suggestions that he could leave the club this summer.

“I’ve known since yesterday [that they would be sacked],” Tuchel told Sky in the aftermath of Bayern’s win over Cologne.

“Hasan called me eight weeks ago, with Oli Kahn, and persuaded and convinced me that we should do it together. They were largely responsible for it, they gave us credit for it, so I have to process it first. Instead of celebrating, we now have the next political topic.”