Olsen declines to commenton German football offer

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15 July 2004 , FRANKFURT - Morten Olsen on Thursday declined to comment on news reports that he has been offered the coaching job of Germany's national football team. "These are rumours, nothing but rumours. I will refrain from commenting on contract issues. I have a contract, that is known," Olsen told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa. The statement came after Kicker sports magazine reported that the 54-year-old Dane Olsen had been offered the chance of becoming the first ever foreign Germany coach by the nat

15 July 2004

FRANKFURT - Morten Olsen on Thursday declined to comment on news reports that he has been offered the coaching job of Germany's national football team.

"These are rumours, nothing but rumours. I will refrain from commenting on contract issues. I have a contract, that is known," Olsen told Deutsche Presse-Agentur, dpa.

The statement came after Kicker sports magazine reported that the 54-year-old Dane Olsen had been offered the chance of becoming the first ever foreign Germany coach by the national federation DFB.

"Olsen only has to say yes," said Kicker's front-page headline.

Kicker said that Olsen, who is Denmark coach on a deal until 2006, was the top pick of the DFB after Germans Ottmar Hitzfeld and Otto Rehhagel declined the job along with Frenchman Arsene Wenger.

The Danish federation has allegedly signalled that they would be willing to release Olsen out of his contract.

Dutchman Gus Hiddink is also in the running, but the DFB may fail to get him out of his contract at PSV Eindhoven. Another candidate, Hungary coach Lothar Matthaeus, has also been named, but is said to have not enough experience.

That leaves Olsen, who played in the Bundesliga at Cologne 1984- 1986 and later also coached the team.

Olsen was reportedly initially not too interested in the job, but is said to have changed his mind.

"It is a challenging job for any coach," he was quoted as saying of taking over the German team.

The DFB has had a hard time finding a new coach after Rudi Voeller resigned on 24 June after Germany's first round elimination at Euro 2004.

The new man must have plenty of experience in order to reshape the team and turn it into a title contender for the 2006 World Cup amid huge expectations from the German public. 

DPA

Subject: German news

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