Wenger rejects Germany job- Rehhagel top candidate

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8 July 2004 , HAMBURG - Arsene Wenger is not available for the Germany coaching job which leaves Euro 2004 hero Otto Rehhagel as the top contender, Kicker sports magazine said on Thursday. Kicker said that German football icon Franz Beckenbauer approached the Arsenal coach Wenger last week at the Euro finals in Portugal. But the Frenchman told Kicker that he was not available. "I have a contract at Arsenal until 2005 which I will fulfil. The club will not release me because our season starts in four weeks.

8 July 2004

HAMBURG - Arsene Wenger is not available for the Germany coaching job which leaves Euro 2004 hero Otto Rehhagel as the top contender, Kicker sports magazine said on Thursday.

Kicker said that German football icon Franz Beckenbauer approached the Arsenal coach Wenger last week at the Euro finals in Portugal.

But the Frenchman told Kicker that he was not available.

"I have a contract at Arsenal until 2005 which I will fulfil. The club will not release me because our season starts in four weeks. I will decide in October what I will do afterwards. I am not available right now," Wenger told Kicker.

The German football federation DFB has been having a hard time finding a successor for Rudi Voeller, who resigned two weeks ago after Germany's first round exit from Euro 2004.

The original number 1 candidate Ottmar Hitzfeld snubbed the DFB citing mental exhaustion and health concerns after more than a decade of stress at the helm of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

The DFB set up a four-strong committee to find a coach, in which Beckenbauer appears to be the driving force to find the right man to get the team in shape for the home World Cup in 2006.

Beckenbauer, a DFB vice-president, chief of the World Cup organising committee and Bayern Munich president, made it clear that Rehhagel is a top candidate after leading underdogs Greece to the Euro 2004 title.

Kicker said that the two are set to meet before the end of the week.

But Rehhagel, who was fired by Beckenbauer in Munich for incompetence eight years ago, is under contract in Greece until 2006, which could make matters more difficult.

Other German officials also favour the 65-year-old Rehhagel.

"Rehhagel is in the frame," said league boss Werner Hackmann, who is also on the DFB committee.

Former Bayer Leverkusen club manager Rainer Calmund said: "I would pick Otto Rehhagel for his charisma and experience. There is no alternative if there is a chance to get him,"

Other names mentioned in connection with the Germany job are Denmark's Morten Olsen, Guus Hiddink of the Netherlands and Germans Lothar Matthaeus and Volker Finke.

DPA

Subject: German news

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