Rudi Voeller, the director of the German national team, stated on Monday that despite taking over for the friendly against France on Tuesday, he will not be a candidate to replace the fired coach Hansi Flick.
Voeller, a former World Cup-winning player for Germany who previously managed the squad from 2000 to 2004, said he had taken over for one game to assist the team while looking for a new coach.
“Tomorrow is a one-game thing for me,” he told a press conference. “I felt obliged to help with this game.
“… my goal is to support the new coach as I did with Hansi Flick, but hopefully with better results.”
Flick was fired a day after Germany’s 4-1 home loss to Japan on Saturday and after a poor two-year run, only nine months before hosting the 2024 Euros.
Germany was eliminated in the first round of the World Cup last year and only managed to win four of their last 17 games under Flick, who with Bayern Munich had won six championships by the year 2020.
For the first time in 38 years, they have now dropped three straight games.
“I know the situation and I really did not want to do it. They had to convince me,” Voeller said of his interim appointment.
During a quick trip to America, he stated that the German FA (DFB) will identify a suitable coach prior to next month’s friendly against the United States on Oct. 14 and Mexico four days later.
Voeller declined to participate in any discussions about potential possibilities, with former Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann being one of them.
“Obviously there are names that are floating in the discussions we have but I have learned in this business not to comment on any names,” Voeller added. “I am convinced that in three and a half weeks we will present a new coach.”
He claimed that would still give the coach and players enough time to generate excitement for the Euro hosts.
“It is important that we quickly start creating some euphoria. That comes with results but with a new person it is possible.”
The team commanded by Flick, according to Voeller, failed to recover their confidence after the World Cup failure.
“This weight of the early World Cup elimination is difficult.
“A new coach who can move things and comes also with some new ideas is extremely important,” he said.