Freund has been with the Austrian champions since 2015. His contract there ran until 2026. The 46-year-old is considered a well-connected expert in the industry and has already shown a good eye for talent in the past. At FC Bayern he succeeds Hasan Salihamidzic, who was even promoted to the FCB board at the end of his term. “Image” reports first.
FC Bayern: Christoph Freund succeeds Hasan Salihamidzic
Salihamidzic’s time at Bayern ended with a bang on the last day of the Bundesliga season. Shortly before the final whistle of the decisive game for the championship, the message leaked out that the sports director and Bayern boss Oliver Kahn would be fired. While Salihamidzic drove to Cologne with the team, Kahn stayed at home.
A successor to Salihamidzic has now been found in Freund. Bayern had set the end of the year as a deadline for looking for a new sporting director. Freund took over in Salzburg in 2015 as the successor to Ralf Rangnick, who is now Austria’s national coach. Before that, Freund was team manager for six years, then sports coordinator at Red Bull Salzburg from 2012.
FC Bayern: Interest in Max Eberl and Markus Krösche
Recently, Max Eberl and Markus Krösche had also been traded again and again at Bayern. Eberl in particular did not seem averse – despite his commitment to RB Leipzig. During the search, Bayern quickly made it clear that they wanted a sporting director with international experience. They have now found this in Christoph Freund.