Hoeness wants to stay on as Bayern manager

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10 December 2004, MUNICH - Bayern Munich's long-serving general manager Uli Hoeness has changed his mind on stepping down and now plans to stay at his desk until beyond 2006. Hoeness says in an interview with Saturday's match newspaper Bayern Magazin: "The fact is that I will only step down when I have the feeling that everything has been done the way I want. That is my aim, and I don't think that will be the case in 2006." Hoeness became the youngest club manager in Bundesliga history when he was appointe

10 December 2004

MUNICH - Bayern Munich's long-serving general manager Uli Hoeness has changed his mind on stepping down and now plans to stay at his desk until beyond 2006.

Hoeness says in an interview with Saturday's match newspaper Bayern Magazin: "The fact is that I will only step down when I have the feeling that everything has been done the way I want. That is my aim, and I don't think that will be the case in 2006."

Hoeness became the youngest club manager in Bundesliga history when he was appointed Bayern manager in May 1979 at the age of 27 after his playing career was curtailed by injury.

He had originally been looking to make way for a successor after the end of next season amid speculation he would succeed Franz Beckenbauer as club president. Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has been touted as a possible successor to Hoeness.

Meanwhile Hoeness has given good marks to coach Felix Magath after six months in charge of the current Bundesliga league leaders.

"We are very satisfied with his work," he said.

"At the beginning the team had to adjust, the trainer had to adjust. That worked out well after a few small problems, and we will get a lot of pleasure with Felix Magath."

Hoeness said the team had a good chance of winning the league and cup double but the Champions League would be a tougher proposition.

"We can't be so arrogant as to to speak of winning the Champions League," he said, adding that in the last 16, to be drawn on 17 December, Bayern will be facing one of the group winners.

Hoeness also reiterated plans to trim the squad in the winter break, saying: "I am convinced that by the end of January we will have one, two or even three fewer players in the squad." 

DPA

Subject: German news 
 

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