Löw’s long-term future uncertain

German Football
By German Football February 5, 2010 17:43

Löw’s long-term future uncertain


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Germany will have to contend with uncertainty in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa this summer after negotiations over the extension of Joachim Löw’s contract fell apart.

The negotiations over the German team coach’s contract extension have been postponed until after the World Cup finals, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced on Thursday.

The news comes as a surprise as both Löw and DFB president Theo Zwanziger had previously said the contract, which expires after the World Cup, was almost certain to be extended in the early months of 2010.

It had seemed certain that Löw would lead Germany all the way to the Euro 2012 qualification matches, with the draw set to be held in Warsaw on Sunday, but the stalled talks means his role is no longer assured. It seems Löw and Bierhoff complicated the talks at a late stage by introducing new demands for bonuses and asking that Bierhoff be given a veto over the choice of any future team coach.

“Fundamentally both sides want to continue working together, but over a few aspects we could not agree,” said Zwanziger in a statement after an emergency meeting of the DFB board on Thursday. “A compromise proposal was not accepted by the sporting leadership and that’s why we are not continuing the talks,” he said. “We don’t want to jeopardize preparations for the World Cup.”

Bierhoff, who as a player reached the World Cup final against Brazil in 2002, admitted the news was a blow. “We would like to have cleared up the contract extensions quickly with the World Cup fast approaching, but we accept the president’s decision,” he said.

Löw succeeded Jurgen Klinsmann as Germany coach after the 2006 World Cup, when Germany finished third, and he steered his side to the Euro 2008 final where they lost to Spain. Under his guidance, in 45 games Germany have recorded 31 victories, eight draws and six defeats.

Bierhoff and Löw had most likely assumed that Germany’s recent performances would make their position unassailable. However, the DFB board chose to rein in the self-confident duo. According to some reports, the DFB had been concerned that a “state within a state” was developing in the national team and sought to reassert control.

The uncertainty is now likely to continue until the summer and threatens to overshadow Germany’s preparations for the 2010 World Cup.

German Football
By German Football February 5, 2010 17:43
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