A surprising news came from Die Mannschaft earlier this week. Jogi, the nickname of the current Germany national team boss, Joachim Loew, has been reportedly ready to step down from his post after EURO 2020 next summer, or two years earlier than his contract which expires in 2022. He has been under pressure since Germany’s humiliating failure in World Cup 2018 by sitting at the bottom of the table in the group stage and the recent big loss from Spain. They were hapless and beaten 0-6 by Luis Enrique’s men in UEFA Nations League last year.
His early annoucement on such decision is well appreciated by DFB, German’s football governing body as it gives them sufficient time to consider Jogi’s replacement. Several names have sprung lately on the surface. Jurgen Klopp was definitely one of them. Unfortunately, he ruled himself out as he would not be available next summer for it. Now, DFB will be taking closer look towards the remaining candidates to guide Der Panzer in World Cup 2022 and Euro 2024 when Germany hosts the tournament. Here are those possible figures:
- Hans Dieter Flick.
Bayern’s boss is surely the favorite to take over Loew’s position after Klopp. His experience as Jogi’s assistant from 2006 to 2014 and his stellar season debut when leading Die Roeten securing six titles, including UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup should put him as the ideal replacement. The only obstacle for appointing him is Bayern themselves which are not keen on his departure.
- Stefan Kuntz
The Germany U-21 boss is the next possible one to pick. He might never lead any Bundesliga team but managed to lead the junior team win Euro U-21 in 2017 and finish as runner up in 2019. The former Die Mannschaft striker who was famous for his equaliser in Euro 1996 semifinal against England has a chance to be promoted if DFB is unable to lure the high-profile candidates to take Jogi’s spot.
- Ralf Ragnick
The figure once was so-called ‘football professor’ is Klopp’s suggested candidate. He is considered the pioneer of gegenpressing idea and has been the key figure of Red Bull global football projects, including his role as RB Leipzig’s manager in two seasons, 2015/16 and 2018/19 when he transformed the team into one of the constant title contenders in the past few seasons. Another recognised accolade of him was when he guided Schalke to win DFB Pokal 2005 and finish runner up in the same season of Bundesliga plus reach semifinal in UCL 2010/11. The only issue is his tendency to have total control of his team, which might push the technical director, Oliver Bierhoff aside.
The less popular candidate but known as the longest-serving manager in Bundesliga since he was at the helm of Freiburg in 2011.
- Julian Nageslmann
The boy wonder in German football managerial world. Despite winning any thropy yet, Nagelsmann is a genius in tactical approach while taking charge of Hoffenheim and recently RB Leipzig, which reached UCL semifinal last season. However, he might be considered too young for this role.