The German Football Association revealed that it is not considering dispensing with Joachim Low as coach of the German national team before the scheduled date of his departure from his post, despite the historic loss to North Macedonia
Loew will remain as coach of Germany in the European Cup 2020 finals scheduled for next summer, said German President Fritz Keeler, on Tuesday in an interview with the mass-circulation “Bild” newspaper.
The 61-year-old Loew has been facing great pressures since his team fell to Spain 0-6 in November in the European Nations League, while the last loss against modest North Macedonia 1-2 was the first in the World Cup qualifiers 20 years ago, specifically since the fall Another thunderous 1-5 against England in Munich in 2001.
The German national team has suffered from a lack of stability in the level since its humiliating exit from the first round of the World Cup Russia 2018 by occupying last place in a group that included Sweden, Mexico and South Korea.
Loew will formally leave his post at the end of the European Cup, scheduled from June 11 to July 11, after 15 years of coaches’ training with the Manchafts.
“The disappointing match against North Macedonia did not change anything with regard to our plans,” German Federation President Keeler told “Bild”.
“(Jogi) Love and his team will analyze everything to reach conclusions and achieve success in the European Cup Finals.”
The recent loss led to Germany’s decline in Group 10 in the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, to third place with 6 points, equal with North Macedonia, and 3 points behind the leaders Armenia, to the voices calling for the departure of the coach before the continental finals.
However, the German Federation insists that it is not in a hurry to choose a successor to Loew, who was appointed as a coach after the 2006 World Cup in Germany to succeed Jurgen Klinsmann, knowing that Loew was an assistant to the latter in the World Finals.
“My plan is to propose a successor (to Loffe), close to the holding of the continental finals,” said Germany’s sporting director Oliver Bierhoff.
Bierhoff indicated that he would hold additional talks “in the coming weeks” regarding the selection of the new coach for the German national team, with the name of the sporting director in Leipzig currently Ralph Rangnick among the candidates.