Klopp, Flick, Kuntz – 5 Potential candidates to replace Low as Germany boss

Joachim Low will bring the curtain down on 15 years as Germany boss this summer.

The 61-year-old will step down as national boss after this summer’s European Championships.

Low led the Germans to World Cup glory in 2014 and will leave big shoes to fill as the DFB now consider their next move.

Jurgen Klopp’s name has already discussed as a possible replacement and he is thought to be the ideal candidate.

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick, who previously served as Low’s assistant, is also touted as a possible replacement.

Under-21 boss Stefan Kuntz is another man who could step in. Low was involved in the national set-up prior to taking the top job and the DFB may be keen to promote from within once again.

Ralf Rangnick, now 62 and having left his role with Red Bull, is another candidate.

We take a look at five men who could become the next manager of the German national team.

Joachim Low will step down as manager this summer

Jurgen Klopp

The Liverpool boss is not having a good time of it right now, but his reputation proceeds him.

Klopp has led Liverpool to domestic and European success in the past two years and his stock is just as high in his homeland.

He oversaw Borussia Dortmund’s rise and delivered successive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.

Whilst Klopp may be the outstanding candidate a long-term Anfield contract may end any German hopes.

The 53-year-old will no doubt be keen to rebuild his Liverpool side having seen them decline massively this term.

He has spoken of his desire to leave the club in a promising state once he moves on so has unfinished business to attend to.

Jurgen Klopp is among the leading candidates
Jurgen Klopp is among the leading candidates

Hansi Flick

The Bayern Munich boss is always going to be a man of interest, especially when he’s just delivered the treble.

Flick has experience of working within the German national team which may prove to be advantageous.

That said, he has only been in charge at the Bavarian giants for a little over a year.

He has won all there is to win, but backing up his sensational first year will no doubt be on his agenda.

You get the impression he would be more attainable than Klopp but politics may be at the forefront of negotiations if Germany come knocking.

Hansi Flick led Bayern Munich to the treble last season
Hansi Flick led Bayern Munich to the treble last season

Arsene Wenger

The former Arsenal manager has been out of work since leaving the Emirates in 2018.

His availability is of course a plus as the German chiefs weigh up their options.

Wenger, at the age of 71, may be well suited to international management such is the slower pace at which he can operate.

Whether or not his lack of success in his final decade will be held against him remains to be seen.

But he is an individual with a wealth of knowledge who would demand respect from the players.

Stefan Kuntz is currently in charges of the Under-21s
Stefan Kuntz is currently in charges of the Under-21s

Stefan Kuntz

Most probably remembered for scoring against England at Wembley in Euro 96.

The 58-year-old has now been in charge of the German Under-21 side since 2016 and led them to the European Championships in 2017.

That means he has managed the development of current internationals like Serge Gnabry, Robin Koch and Luca Waldschmidt.

The DFB also opted to award Low the top job in 2006 and may again favour an internal pathway when it comes to appointing his successor.

Ralf Rangnick

The highly regard 62-year-old recently turned down Chelsea’s advances and was linked with the England job in the past.

Klopp has previously called Rangnick “one of the best, if not the best German coach”.

His influence on German football is unrivalled in the modern game – Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann have all worked under him.

In fact, at the start of this season, seven of the 18 Bundesliga clubs were managed by coaches who had spent time with Rangnick.

His most recent roles were at the upwardly mobile RB Leipzig but he departed the club in 2019 and may now get a shot at the national job.

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