Oliver Bierhoff sees the future of Joachim Löw as national coach in danger if he fails early in the European Championship. “At the end of the day, we all have to be measured by results. Jogi knows that too. But now is not the time to make a decision – the tournament is yet to come,” the DFB director said in an interview with the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.
Bierhoff does not want to lack support for Löw, but for the time being only until the final round of the European Championship next summer. “We must now also turn the mood into a positive one. The path the national coach has taken, I will follow up to and including the European Championship,” Bierhoff said. But Löw’s contract as head coach of the national football team does not end there – it will run until the 2022 World Cup. Bierhoff is his superior in the DFB structures. In 2006, Löw took over as head coach at the DFB, having previously been assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann. In 2014 he led the team to the World Cup victory in Brazil. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the defending champion then failed sensationally in the group phase behind Sweden, Mexico and South Korea. Nevertheless, Löw did not have to go after that, instead he was to build up a new team.
“The best national coach we can have” Bierhoff does not express any fundamental doubts about the abilities of the 60-year-old. “I am also convinced that he is the best national coach we can have. He has shown his skills over the years and we know what we have in him. Now, with a young team and despite the grey atmosphere, he has achieved positive results for the rebuilding. I’m still convinced that he’s the right man,” Bierhoff said in another interview with Sport1, adding that Bierhoff considers Löw’s former assistant and current Bayern success coach Hansi Flick to be a suitable successor – although not at this stage. “Do I trust him with that? Absolutely. Whether it is a current topic? No,” said Bierhoff. “Hansi knows the DFB inside and out. He has his quality and has always said how he values the association. But neither for him nor for us is it an issue at the moment.
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