Rehhagel high on candidatelist for new German coach

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7 July 2004 , MUNICH - A search committee of the ruling body DFB has held first talks with potential candidates for the German coaching job and Euro 2004 hero Otto Rehhagel is also high on the list, German football icon Franz Beckenbauer said on Wednesday. Beckenbauer, a member of the four-strong committee, expressed his hope for a quick result to find a successor for Rudi Voeller, who resigned two weeks ago after Germany's first-round exit from the Euro finals in Portugal. "We will act swiftly. But it is

7 July 2004

MUNICH - A search committee of the ruling body DFB has held first talks with potential candidates for the German coaching job and Euro 2004 hero Otto Rehhagel is also high on the list, German football icon Franz Beckenbauer said on Wednesday.

Beckenbauer, a member of the four-strong committee, expressed his hope for a quick result to find a successor for Rudi Voeller, who resigned two weeks ago after Germany's first-round exit from the Euro finals in Portugal.

"We will act swiftly. But it is doubtful whether we will get a quick agreement as well because all candidates are under contract," Beckenbauer said.

Beckenbauer did not reveal whom the committee - which also includes DFB boss Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, secretary general Horst R. Schmidt and league boss Werner Hackmann - has talked to so far.

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger was named as a candidate by media reports and so were Denmark's Morten Olsen and Dutchman Guus Hiddink.

But Rehhagel appears to be top of the list after leading Greece to a surprise Euro 2004 title on Sunday.

"Based on his success one can not ignore him," said Beckenbauer, who as Bayern Munich president fired Rehhagel eight years ago after less than a year at the club.

Rehhagel, who returned to Germany on Wednesday, did not want to comment on the issue.

But the general secretary of the Greek football body, Jannis Oikonomidis, told Germany's Die Welt daily that Rehhagel had told him twice over the past days that he plans to fulfil his contract in Greece until 2006.

The original top pick Ottmar Hitzfeld revealed in an interview with the Sport-Bild weekly that health concerns were his motive of rejecting the coaching job, with the death of his brother-in-law two months ago aged 42 serving as a warning.

"He was a professor and under constant stress, just like myself," As a coach you live with the constant fear of having a nervous breakdown. Or a heart attack if you don't watch out," Hitzfeld said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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