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Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness plans to step down ‘in two three years’

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Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has said he will leave his post in “two, three years,” having been at the club since joining as a player in 1970.

Hoeness, 66, has been president since 2009, missing two years from 2014 to 2016 when he was sentenced to prison for tax evasion.

Speaking at an event in Dresden on Thursday, Hoeness said his days as president were numbered and all that remained was to identify who would replace him.

“I will do this job for another two, three years and want to hand over in full to my successor,” Hoeness, whose current term runs until November next year, said.

“He should be someone with a human touch, and someone with a football background. We must find a jack of all trades. This won’t be easy.

“If I knew this guy or that guy could do it, I’d leave my post next year.”

In 1979, Hoeness retired from professional football aged only 27 and was appointed as Bayern general manager that year.

In 2002, he was named the sporting executive and in 2009 took over the role of president. He stepped down after being convicted for tax evasion in 2014, but returned to the role in November 2016.

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