Germany head coach Joachim Löw told reporters outside of the German football association (DFB) headquarters in Frankfurt on Friday that he had presented the executive board with a “detailed analysis” of why the national team failed to advance past the group stage in Russia. However, following two days of talks with senior officials including Oliver Bierhoff, the general manager of the national team, Löw declined to provide any details of their talks or his analysis. He said his next move would be to speak to each of the national team players individually, before making any possible decisions on personnel changes.
At just about the same time as Löw was speaking to reporters in Frankfurt, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (pictured above, right) held a scrum of his own in Munich. Speaking at an event to honor former coach Jupp Heynckes (above, left), the Bayern Munich chairman took the opportunity to lambaste almost everything about the DFB – except its decision to stick with Löw as Germany coach.
A bunch of ‘amateurs’
“For me, there has been a lack of clear professionalism in efforts to manage a crisis situation,” Rumminigge said. “At the same time, I’m not surprised given that the DFB is filled with amateurs.
“They demonstrated this again yesterday when they invited in all of the bosses of the regional (football) associations and — apparently using a lot of valium — managed to calm then down for now,” he added.
He was referring a meeting on Thursday, after which the DFB issued a statement saying all of the regional bosses supported its current course of action.
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