Uli Hoeness: New Bayern Munich sporting director has nothing to fear

Uli Hoeness has said the next sporting director of Bayern Munich has nothing to fear from either Karl-Heinz Rummenigge or himself, adding that there "aren't any better teachers."

Bundesliga champions Bayern have been operating without a sporting director since Matthias Sammer left last summer because of ill health.

Captain Philipp Lahm had been tipped to succeed Sammer when he retires from playing at the end of the season, but has since said he will not take up the role.

Bayern president Hoeness told Sport Bild: "I really don't like everything reported under the motto that whoever takes on the job must be afraid of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge or me.

"It's actually the opposite. Every young manager can only benefit from our experience. There aren't any better teachers around who know exactly how everything works.

"Instead, it's reported it didn't work out with Lahm because of the power-hungry Hoeness and Rummenigge -- like with Sammer and [Christian] Nerlinger [sporting director from 2009 until 2012.

"Both of the latter were also more than OK, but at Bayern you have to satisfy so many requirements for such a position."

Hoeness said he had believed Lahm would take on the job but stressed that his decision not to "doesn't affect our relationship."

He added: "I can still foresee Philipp assuming a role at the club when he feels ready -- which obviously isn't the case at the moment. He's still only 33 and has loads of time."