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A surprising turnaround for Fuller – he called Nagelsmann

A surprising turnaround for Fuller – he called Nagelsmann

Rudi Föller was coach of the German national team from 2000 to 2004.Photo: DPA/Swen Pfortner


Jan Schultz

Since Sunday, football in Germany has been asking itself one question: Who will succeed the fired Hansi Flick and become the new national coach? The short-term answer was Rudi Föller, the German Football Association’s sporting director, who was left on the bench against France on Tuesday as a temporary solution. U20 coach Hannes Wolff and his assistant Sandro Wagner also sat next to him.

The lineup was supposed to be unique, as the international break ended with a 2-1 win over France. The next Bundesliga match won’t be until October 14. Officials have less than four weeks until they duel with the United States to offer a long-term solution.

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Many fans and experts want Rudi Voller to keep moving forward. Spectators in Dortmund sang about the 1990 world champion. “There is only one Rudi Völler,” he chanted over Signal Iduna Park. Then the online adulation continued.

However, Fuller himself confirmed after the win over France that he is not available as a long-term solution. At the end of the international break he will return to his position as sporting director and will remain there. At least that’s the plan, because out loud “picture” There is still a small loophole.

According to the report, Fuller could help out again as a stopgap during the next international break when the German Football Association side play against the USA and Mexico. However, this is only possible under one condition, which is if the federation is unable to appoint a new national coach in the next three weeks.

So, if the DFB runs out of time, that could make Germany happy. But it is questionable whether the search for a new national coach will take that long. Since Hansi Flick’s sacking, numerous names have appeared in the newspapers, including some very surprising names such as Louis van Gaal and Felix Magath. In the end, it is already clear that it will be Julian Nagelsmann.

FILE - Then-Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann before the Bundesliga soccer match between Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, Germany, Sunday, February 5, 2023. The German...

Julian Nagelsmann is considered the front-runner for the position of national coach.Photo: AP/Michael Sohn

The 36-year-old was on leave from Bayern Munich at the end of March and is generally available. He still has a contract in Munich until 2026, but Uli Hoeneß announced at the beginning of the week that the defending champions would not put any obstacles in the way of his former coach.

high “Sports 1“Discussions between the German Football Association and Nagelsmann are already underway. The coach is said to have already expressed interest in the position. The association’s vice president, Hans-Joachim Watzke, denied that there was actually a connection.

German Football Association Team: Fuller speaks to Nagelsmann’s advisor

Also reported on Thursday “picture” From making contact. Accordingly, Rudi Föller personally contacted Volker Stroth, Nagelsmann’s advisor. This explicitly relates to financial issues.

It seems clear: if both parties agree on a financial framework – Nagelsmann is expected to earn a whopping €6.5 million a year in Munich – nothing should stand in the way of commitment.