Loew’s Future as Germany Coach Hangs in Balance at December Meeting

 Loew’s Future as Germany Coach Hangs in Balance at December Meeting

FILED – Germany National team coach Joachim Loew pictured before the start of the UEFA Nations League Group 4 League A soccer match between Switzerland and Germany at St. Jakob-Park. Photo: Christian Charisius/dpa

Germany will consider the position of coach Joachim Loew following the 6-0 loss to Spain in Seville last week at a meeting on December 4, the federation (DFB) confirmed Monday.

DFB director Oliver Bierhoff will make a presentation on the overall progress of the team in the last two years at a board meeting.

The DFB said Loew would receive “enough time and emotional distance to fundamentally review the national side’s current situation.

“In sporting terms, to analyse the causes of the heavy defeat in Seville but also personally, to come to terms with the great disappointment. That’s part of the process.”

Germany do not play again until March meaning there is plenty of time for a change on the bench should it be desired. Loew, who has come in for criticism in recent months, was supported by Bierhoff and DFB president Fritz Keller immediately after the loss in Seville.

The 60-year-old Loew has coached Germany since 2006, winning the World Cup in 2014. But the defence of that title in Russia ended in disaster four years later and the decision to exclude Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller from his squad has also been questioned.

Loew, who has contract beyond the coronavirus-delayed Euro 2020 next year to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, was largely backed after Russia and given time to rebuild.

But on this occasion he will not be invited to the board meeting to state his case while a majority of fans, according to a recent survey, also think his time is up.

Loew admitted the heavy defeat to Spain where “nothing functioned” was “bitter” but has not commented since.

Should Germany elect to replace him, under-21 coach Stefan Kuntz is a possibility but other prominent bosses such as Juergen Klopp of Liverpool and Bayern Munich’s Hansi Flick – a former assistant to Loew – are unavailable.

At the pan-continental Euro 2020, postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, Germany meet World Cup holders France, reigning champions Portugal and Hungary with all three games in Munich.

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