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Jurgen Klopp rules himself out of the running to succeed Joachim Low as Germany head coach


Jurgen Klopp is one of the favourites to succeed Joachim Low as Germany’s national team manager (Picture: YouTube)

Jurgen Klopp has ruled himself out of the running to succeed Joachim Low as manager of the German national team.

Low, 61, confirmed earlier on Tuesday that he would vacate the position he has held for the past 15 years this summer following the European Championships.

Klopp has emerged as one of the early favourites to step into the shoes of the World Cup winning coach but despite his recent struggles he remains fully committed to the Premier League champions.

He said: ‘Am I available for the job in the summer? No.

‘Somebody else will do the job, and with the amount of good German managers they have, I’m sure the German FA will find a good solution.’

Joachim Low has been the manager of the German national team since 2006 (Picture: Getty)

‘I have three years left at Liverpool. You sign a contract and you stick to it.’

Low took over from Jurgen Klinsmann in August 2006 and went on to guide Die Mannschaft to World Cup success in 2014, when they memorably defeated hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals.

Germany reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, losing to hosts France, but then suffered an exit at the group stage of the World Cup for the first time in 2018 while also failing to impress in the inaugural UEFA Nations League campaign.

‘There are lots of good German managers,’ added Klopp. ‘Low did an incredible job for so many years. I understand he wants to have this highlight of a Euros. And then someone else will do a job.’

Liverpool will look to put their horrific domestic form to one side tomorrow evening and hold on to the 2-0 advantage they established following the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against RB Leipzig.

The Bundesliga club’s own manager, Julian Nagelsmann, is another of the leading contenders to replace low but the 33-year-old, like Klopp, ruled himself out of the running.

Asked whether he would consider himself as a candidate, Nagelsmann’s response was a quick and sharp: ‘No’.

On Klopp, he added: ‘We have an important match tomorrow and frankly I don’t really care right now who will be the national coach so I don’t want to answer that.

‘Klopp is an exceptional coach. The DFB will think about this question, it is not for me to answer this question.’


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