Munich – At least there have been discussions about a renewed cooperation between Hansi Flick and Miroslav Klose.
The duo, who as co-coach and attacker celebrated the greatest sporting success with the World Cup title in 2014, could also find each other again at Bayern. The Flick promoted to head coach permanent solution wants to strengthen his staff with another assistant, Klose as the current U17 coach of the Munich team takes his next steps as a coach. But it is far from clear whether the future will lie with the record football champions.
«I’ve known Miro for a long time and got to know him as a very loyal, personable person with a high level of social skills. I think it would be an asset to our coaching team, ”said Flick these days. «He has to decide that himself. These are things that are not solely due to me, but also to him. » In addition to Klose, the 55-year-old also wanted to speak “with one or the other”.
The world championship record goal scorer Klose has been a youth coach at FC Bayern Munich for almost two years and introduced individual striker training on campus. In the first year, his young team reached the semi-finals for the German B youth championship. In the currently interrupted season, it is third in the South / Southwest season.
The former team-mate Thomas Müller said that he couldn’t judge his career as a coach or work with the U17. He already mentions plenty of strengths from Klose. «He is very determined, not just as a person. He was also a player and he is a coach, »said Müller.
From 2010 to 2014, the two offensive forces ran together for the DFB selection, from 2008 to 2011 also for FC Bayern. «He was very clever in sports. One of his strengths was reading the game. He is not with his head through the wall, even if his head was already able to break through walls, »said the 30-year-old, referring to Klose’s strength of the ball. «He was very clever with his walking paths and movements. Of course, that helps in a coaching career if you understand the game. »
The 41-year-old Klose’s Bayern contract expires at the end of the season. In the end, he left it open as to how to proceed. Klose is driving his coaching career forward by participating in the soccer teacher training course in the summer. Depending on the effects of the corona pandemic, the 67th course is scheduled to start in June. “Anyone who knows me knows that I always want to achieve the best possible education in my life,” said Klose, looking forward to “the next important step in my coaching education”.
After his national team career, Klose also temporarily belonged to the coaching staff of national coach Joachim Löw and gained important experience. He took “tactical finesse” with him, but also the way in which Löw had “a feeling for players, for team cohesion”, as he described. “When Miro supported our national team coaching team from 2016 to 2018, he noticed the interest, passion, and expertise in the coaching profession,” DFB director Oliver Bierhoff recalled during Holy Week.
“It is great that Miroslav Klose, a world champion, is so meticulous on the coaching path and is constantly expanding his knowledge,” said Bierhoff. Klose had signaled in the past that he was aiming for a coaching position in professional football by acquiring the football instructor license. An assistant coach at FC Bayern could be a fitting next step.