Marco Neppe new technical director; Michael Gerlinger vice-president of sports business and competitions
FC Bayern Munich has appointed Marco Neppe, 35, as technical director as part of its restructuring. Neppe has been with the club since 1 July 2014 and was most recently head of scouting.
Dr Michael Gerlinger has also been appointed vice-president of sports business and competitions at FC Bayern München AG, having previously been director of legal, human resources and institutional relations. The 48-year-old has worked for the club since 2005.
CEO Oliver Kahn: "Marco Neppe and Michael Gerlinger have been doing valuable work for FC Bayern for many years. Both will be able to contribute their expertise even better in the future in their newly created positions. Michael's experience, knowledge and network are of great importance to FC Bayern, both in the areas of association work at international level and in economic and sporting matters. Marco will be given even more responsibility in his area as technical director. He has earned this through his work, competence and development over past years."
Board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic: "Marco Neppe's promotion is the logical consequence of his very good work for Bayern Munich for more than seven years. Above all, Marco has developed our scouting department with competence and vision, and has played a part in our success in that position. He will now be more closely linked to the first team and will take on additional operational and strategic tasks in the sporting area of the board. I am very much looking forward to the further cooperation with him, as well as Michael Gerlinger, who will be more closely linked to the sporting area of the board in the future as well."
In his new position, Neppe will take on expanded activities in the operational squad planning at FC Bayern and administrative tasks related to the men's first team. He will retain the technical management of scouting and will provide Salihamidzic with even more extensive support than before in all strategic matters.
Gerlinger will be in charge of the newly defined fields of activity in the organisational commercial area of sport. He is also FC Bayern's main point of contact with international associations such as the ECA, FIFA and UEFA.