Following this list of managers from within the national team setup who could replace Joachim Low, either now or in the future, the is also a very distinct possiblilty the replacement will come from a coach at club level.
Allan Edgar, of Bundesliga Football, said: “There is a wealth of talent in Germany at the moment with regards to coaching. Although there’s no shortage of potential targets – Klopp in particular has shown his clear ability again this year whilst Tuchel, Slomka and Favre all deserve mentions – there is no inclination yet as to who will be offered the position given the length of time Löw is expected to remain at the helm.”
Here’s a look at five club managers who could be in the frame…
At 44, he is young in terms of age – only two years older than Freund – but already has over a decade in management to his name. Played over 300 games for Mainz 05 between 1990 and 2001, before taking over as manager after hanging up his boots. Under him they qualified for the 2005/06 Uefa Cup, but were also relegated in 2007. Kept his job after relegation, but left after they failed to gain promotion. He became manager of Dortmund in 2008, and has set about transforming the side – culminating with last season’s Bundesliga win, a feat they look set to repeat this season. If Germany were to replace Low from outside the national setup, he’d surely be the favourite.
Worked for almost ten years at various levels within Bayern Munich’s youth system, after studying to become a sports teacher/coach. He was assistant to Thorsten Fink at Ingolstadt 04, and followed him to FC Basel in 2009. Got the top job at the Swiss club when Fink left for Hamburg SV. Has taken Basel to the last-16 of the Champions League, and overseen famous victories over Manchester United and Bayern Munich. At 36, he’d represent a big risk, but is a talented manager with a big future in the game.
Won four Bundesliga titles and the Champions League as a player with Bayern Munich, and has since set about working his way up the managerial ladder. Started out with Red Bull Salzburg, before moving on to Ingolstadt and then making his name at Basel, where – with Vogel alongside him – he won back-to-back Swiss Super League titles. Currently in charge of HSV, they sit a somewhat disappointing 14th, but there’s no denying he’s one of the best up-and-coming young managers in German club football.
After his playing career in the lower-leagues was cut short by injury, he began working with the U19 side of Stuttgart, and then performing a similar role with the youth teams of FC Augsburg. Was appointed Head Coach of Mainz 05 in 2009, and has since done remarkably well, including a 5th place finish last year. At only 38 and two years in the Bundesliga, he has an extremely bright future, which may well include the national job at some point down the line – but it’s unlikely to be anytime in the near future.
A long and extensive career in management has saw Rangnick have spells in charge of Stuttgart, Hannover, Hoffenheim and two with Schalke – to name a few in a career that has so far lasted over 20 years – including some player/manager roles in the lower-leagues early on, although he did not enjoy a particularly successful playing career. He guided Schalke to the semi finals of the Champions League with a two-legged win over Inter Milan, but stepped down in September due to health reasons. He actually missed out on the role of Germany’s assistant to Joachim Low back in 2004, but could now be the man who replaces him. Given he cited exhaustion as the reason for leaving Schalke, international management could be perfect for him – but it remains to be seen whether he’ll be considered perfect for it.