Jones hits out at Germany coach

German Football
By German Football June 17, 2009 16:01

Jones hits out at Germany coach

Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones has criticised Germany coach Joachim Löw for not giving him a “fair chance”.

Jones this week revealed he was going to represent the USA in future and turn his back on Germany after making just three appearances in friendly matches.

And since making his decision known, the 27-year-old has not missed any opportunity to accuse Löw and the German Football Association (DFB) of making his decision for him.

In an interview with Sport Bild magazine, Jones lashed out at Löw.

“It is since February that I have not understood why I was not in the following international games,” he said. “The basis upon which they make decisions annoys me – certainly it does not come down to performance.

“In my case, it was unfair and not correct. I did not have a fair chance with the DFB.”

Although Jones denies claiming in an interview with an American newspaper that he does not fit in racially in Germany, he reinforced his belief that his refusal to toe the line could have cost him his international future under Loew.

“You have always got to keep your mouth shut, agree with everything and obey the DFB,” he explained. “I am a lad with a strong character. With the DFB, there are two leaders in Torsten Frings and Michael Ballack, but that is it.

“All of the rest just follow (rules) and keep quiet, which I can understand because there is a climate of uniformity. But that is not me.”

The Schalke midfielder added that Löw had told him precisely what he needed to work on, but that these proved to be “empty words” since no actions followed.

And it was clear to him upon arrival at the national team’s training camp in Mallorca at the end of May that he was not going to be one of the players sticking with the squad for their tour of Asia in June.

He said: “The coach always says that everybody has a chance here, but that did not seem to be the case. Marko Marin, Patrick Helmes and I were called up to Mallorca but as soon as we got there, we were given the last numbers in the squad.

“We asked (general manager Oliver) Bierhoff immediately if this meant anything and he said ‘no’, but everything was heading in that direction from the very beginning. We had a bitter taste back then and that remains to this day since our feelings were confirmed.”

Jones’ decision to represent the USA in future may have repercussions at club level.

New Schalke coach Felix Magath admitted the extra travelling involved in representing his new country “leaves its mark after a while”.

He added: “This choice has disadvantages for him. He will have to travel half the way around the world for his games. You can cope with that for maybe two or three times.”


German Football
By German Football June 17, 2009 16:01
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