Digimagaz.com – In the wake of Hansi Flick’s abrupt dismissal as the head coach of the German national football team, speculation had been rife about potential successors. However, Jurgen Klopp, the charismatic manager of Liverpool FC, has unequivocally ruled himself out of contention, with his agent confirming that he is committed to his role at the Merseyside club until June 2026.
Hansi Flick, who was appointed as the manager of the German national team in August 2021, faced an ignominious exit after a 4-1 defeat to Japan, marking the first time in history that a DFB (German Football Association) manager had been sacked. This development followed a series of disappointing results under Flick’s leadership, prompting the German FA president, Bernd Neuendorf, to seek a “fresh impetus” for the team as they prepare for Euro 2024, which they will host.
Klopp’s agent, Marc Kosicke, officially quashed any rumors of the Liverpool manager making a leap to international management, stating, “Jurgen has a long-term contract with LFC and is not available for the national coaching position,” in an interview with German publication Sportschau.
With Klopp out of the equation, the current caretaker manager, Rudi Voller, who previously managed the national team from 2000 to 2004, will continue to steer the ship. Voller’s tenure got off to a promising start as Germany secured a 2-1 victory over France in a friendly match. Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane were on target for Germany, while Antoine Griezmann netted a late consolation penalty for France.
After the victory against France, Voller expressed his satisfaction, saying, “That just feels good after the last few defeats. The first half-hour was a top performance. When you take the lead against a great team like France, that’s just ideal. After that, we fought wonderfully, stood firm, and didn’t let them through.”
Germany, as the hosts of Euro 2024, have been spared the need to participate in qualifying matches and will solely engage in friendly matches throughout the year. As they strive to regain their former glory and win the European Championship on home soil, the pressure remains on their shoulders to find the right leadership and form in the coming months.
The president of the German FA, Bernd Neuendorf, encapsulated the gravity of the situation, stating, “This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make during my time in this role because I really respect Hansi Flick and his assistants, both on a professional and personal level. Sporting success is of the utmost importance to the DFB, which is why this decision had to be made.”
As Germany navigates this challenging period in its football history, the focus will undoubtedly be on finding the right manager who can guide the national team to success in Euro 2024, while Jurgen Klopp remains dedicated to Liverpool FC’s aspiration
Source : eurosport.com