Voller rules himself out of running to succeed Flick as Germany boss

Germany’s national team director Rudi Voller says he will not be a candidate to succeed Hansi Flick despite taking charge of Tuesday’s friendly against France.

Flick was sacked on Sunday, just nine months before the start of the nation’s home European Championships next summer, following an embarrassing 4-1 friendly defeat at home to Japan on Saturday.

Germany have lost four times in their last five games which comes on the back of a group-stage exit at last year’s World Cup.

Voller – a member of the West Germany squad that lifted the 1990 World Cup, who also coached the national team from 2000 to 2004 – said he had stepped in for one match to help the side until a new coach is found.

Germany are without five wins under Hansi Flick
Flick was sacked by Germany on Sunday

“Tomorrow is a one-game thing for me, I felt obliged to help with this game,” he said in a press conference on Monday. “My goal is to support the new coach as I did with Hansi Flick, but hopefully with better results.

“I know the situation and I really did not want to do it. They had to convince me.”

He said the German FA (DFB) would find a suitable coach before next month’s friendlies against the United States, on October 14, and Mexico four days later during a brief trip to America.

Voller refused to be drawn into any discussions regarding candidates, with former Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann seen as one of the potential successors to Flick.

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,” he added. “I am convinced that in three and a half weeks we will present a new coach.”

Japan thrashed Germany in Wolfsburg
Japan thrashed Germany in Wolfsburg

He said that would still give time for the coach and team to create a buzz 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.”

Voller said the team under Flick had carried the World Cup disappointment into the new year and failed to restore their confidence.

“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.

Flick won just 12 of his 25 matches in charge since replacing Joachim Low in August 2021, who he worked under as an assistant from 2006 to 2014.

The 58-year-old oversaw eight consecutive wins at the start of his reign but at the Qatar World Cup, Germany failed to get out of Group E after losing to Japan, drawing with Spain and beating Costa Rica. Oman and Peru are the only other nations they’ve beaten in the past 12 months.

When will Euro 2024 begin?

Euro 2024 Qualifying
Euro 2024 Qualifying

The final tournament draw will take place in December 2023 at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

The teams will be seeded in accordance with the overall European Qualifiers rankings. Germany will be automatically seeded into pot 1 as hosts, and placed in position A1.

The three play-off winners will not be known at the time of the draw but will be placed into pot 4 for the draw.

The opening game of Euro 2024 is June 14 with the final taking place on July 14 at the Olympiastadion, Berlin.

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