Schaeuble gives Klinsmann vote of confidence

7th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 March 2006, HAMBURG/BERLIN/COLOGNE - German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has given a vote of confidence to national football coach Juergen Klinsmann who has come in for criticism over the team's form ahead of the World Cup.

7 March 2006

HAMBURG/BERLIN/COLOGNE - German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has given a vote of confidence to national football coach Juergen Klinsmann who has come in for criticism over the team's form ahead of the World Cup.

"I don't believe in changing horses in midstream. Juergen Klinsmann has my confidence," he said in an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper Tuesday.

Klinsmann had not taken on an easy task when he became national team coach after the 2004 European Championships, Schaeuble said.

"The German Football Federation (DFB), which appointed him, knew that Klinsmann is not easy to handle. He is going his own way with a single-mindedness which is impressive," he said.

World Cup organising committee president Franz Beckenbauer Monday criticised Klinsmann for not spending more time in Germany and for failing to attend a World Cup workshop in Duesseldorf at which most World Cup coaches were present.

Klinsmann had chosen to return to his home in California a day after last Wednesday's 4-1 defeat to Italy in Florence.

But Klinsmann told Bild his attendance at the two-day workshop, which is discussing mainly organizational affairs, was not necessary. His assistant, Joachim Loew, and team manager Oliver Bierhoff were both at the meeting.

"I have my plan up until the World Cup in which I will be carrying out all the tasks necessary for the sporting preparation of the team," he said.

Klinsmann said he had attended a Bundesliga match almost every weekend since the resumption of the season following the winter break and had also been attending Champions League matches.

"Despite the present crisis we are still having a lot of fun and pleasure in our job. We have a working style which for many perhaps takes a lot of getting used to. And when you approach something differently you always have to reckon with a headwind," he said.

Franz Beckenbauer on Tuesday said that he stood by his criticism. "It is just not on. Klinsmann is one of the highest representatives of German football and he should have been there if the biggest names in football are present. Only our host was not there," Beckenbauer said at a press conference in Berlin.

Michael Meier, the manager of German Bundesliga club Cologne, also added his voice Tuesday to those criticising Klinsmann.

"One of the things a national team coach should show is respect and a good work rate. Franz Beckenbauer also has other appointments, but he would never have stayed away from such an appointment."

Meier also slammed the discussion surrounding the national team. "We are harming our own World Cup with such discussions. If the national team coach had had more of a presence there would not have been all the discussion about Christian Woerns and the hockey coach.

"I must say quite clearly that I would not be so resistant against getting advice and I would get advice from experienced people."

Meier said he feared that there could be further negative headlines ahead of the World Cup. "Many things remain unclear and they could still explode."

DPA with Expatica

Subject: German news

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