Uli Hoeness set to make decision on Bayern Munich return

Uli Hoeness will decide whether to return to a role at Bayern Munich this month, and has been backed to do so by club captain Philipp Lahm.

Hoeness, 64, was released from prison in late February after serving half of his three-and-a-half-year sentence for tax evasion. He had been convicted in March 2014 for evading millions of euros in tax through an undeclared Swiss bank account.

Previously one of the most powerful figures in German football, the former Bayern president said in March that he first needs to clear his head before making a decision about his future.

"It's not easy to forget. It's not that easy to come to terms with it all," he said, adding: "I am in no office at Bayern. I am not the president. I am nothing."

Things, however, could change for Hoeness in the next couple of weeks, with kicker reporting on Thursday that he could stand for election as the club's president as well as the head of the supervisory board, and return to the two positions he held prior to his conviction.

Speaking to reporters, Lahm backed Hoeness to return to his old roles at Bayern.

"Uli is incredibly important for the club," he said. "Without him Bayern wouldn't be where they are now."

Elsewhere, kicker linked Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl and Augsburg's Stefan Reuter with Bayern, who accepted Matthias Sammer's resignation as the club's sporting executive last weekend.

In Bild, Eberl, 42, who played for Bayern for 15 years from 1979 through to 1994, said: "I am under contract at Gladbach until 2020 and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said the position will not be filled anyway."