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Bierhoff wants to install permanent replacement for Kuntz: "We don't have much time."

By Peter Vice

German national team managing director Oliver Bierhoff has ruled out a "bridge solution" when it comes to replacing Germany U21 trainer Stefan Kuntz.

Oliver Bierhoff.
Oliver Bierhoff.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0

Despite some talk of an interim trainer taking charge of the Germany's main youth team, DFB manager Oliver Bierhoff says the the FA wishes to install a permanent head-coach as soon as possible. Questioned by German journalists whilst attending an Euro '96 reunion banquet in Baden's Europa Park on Monday, the 53-year-old said that he and Hansi Flick were already discussing the appointment.

"We don't have much time," Bierhoff noted, "There's no thoughts about an interim solution at the moment."

No names for the position have yet cropped up in the German press. Kicker magazine has once again put forward Miroslav Klose's name as a potential candidate, but the German footballing legend seems to favor a less high-profile begin to his coaching career.

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