Football: Osieck declines German coach job

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28 July 2004, BERLIN - Juergen Klinsmann's career as head of the German national football squad got off to a shaky start on Wednesday when the man earmarked as his assistant declined the job.

28 July 2004

BERLIN - Juergen Klinsmann's career as head of the German national football squad got off to a shaky start on Wednesday when the man earmarked as his assistant declined the job.

Holger Osieck met Klinsmann on Tuesday evening but the two men were unable to agree on conditions, a statement by the sport's ruling body DFB said.

Osieck, 57, was co-trainer for six years under Franz Beckenbauer when Germany won the World Cup in 1990. He was Canada coach between 1998-2003, winning the 2000 Gold Cup.

Klinsmann earlier this week agreed to a two-year contract as national team boss until the 2006 World Cup in Germany, replacing Rudi Voeller, who resigned on 24 June.

The DFB plan envisaged Klinsmann being assisted by Osieck as coach and former international striker Oliver Bierhoff as team manager.

Klinsmann, winner of 108 caps, was on the German sides that won the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1996. The former Stuttgart, Bayern Munich, Monaco, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur player obtained a coaching licence in 2004, but is yet to coach a team.

The former Germany captain is the ninth national team coach since Otto Nerz first took the job in 1930.

His first match is an 18 August friendly in Vienna against Austria.

His main task, though, will be to strengthen and reshape the team in the final countdown to the World Cup. Apart from the 2005 Confederations Cup, Germany have only friendlies because they are automatically qualified as hosts for the World Cup.

DPA

Subject: German news

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