Head Coach Juergen Klinsmann Angers Germans by Refusing to Leave Californian Home
FRANKFURT Germany (AP) - Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann won’t be moving out of California despite criticism from Bundesliga coaches.
Klinsmann and the league coaches held a lively discussion Tuesday with Klinsmann making no concession on his California residence less than eight months before the World Cup.
Klinsmann’s choice to continue to live in California was one of the main points of contention. But Klinsmann said he would continue his continental commute spending time in Germany when necessary.
"My presence in Germany will depend on what is going on Klinsmann said describing the meeting as "lively with "clear very emotional words."
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge speaking for the clubs called it a "very emotional excited discussion" that had been necessary to clear the air.
"Our target is the same and the league’s intention is to support Juergen Klinsmann in his work and in his goal to win the World Cup title Rummenigge said. "The most important achievement is that we parted as friends."
The two sides agreed to revive a "task force" that will include club bosses and consult on national team issues with Klinsmann’s staff. The task force’s leader will be Uli Hoeness the Bayern Munich general manager and Klinsmann’s chief critic.
"I have no problem in sitting together at a table with people who have a different opinion and sometimes are loud in discussions Klinsmann said.
Bundesliga bosses stepped up criticism of Klinsmann’s methods after his team’s lackluster performances in recent games focusing on his prolonged absences from Germany rotation of goalkeepers and the unorthodox fitness programs devised by American trainers.
Klinsmann stood his ground on fitness and goalkeeper issues.
"It was important to present our work and what we want to achieve Klinsmann said.
He said the rotation of goalkeepers had helped both Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann.
While restating that Kahn "was and remains No. 1 he said Lehmann would be between the posts in the Nov. 12 game at France.
Rummenigge appeared to dismiss complaints about fitness programs and said the team’s only chance for World Cup success was if it was fully fit.
As host Germany was the only team that didn’t have to qualify for next year’s World Cup and Klinsmann has brought in a new crop of young players.