U21 coach Stefan Kuntz reacted evasively on Sunday to his ambitions to become national coach at the German Football Association (DFB) and to succeed Joachim Löw after the EURO this summer.
“If I weren’t with the U21 with just one percent, then I wouldn’t be doing the job right here. After that there will be enough time to discuss other things,” said the former striker Kuntz, who is currently the DFB youngsters at the EM Hungary looked after, in one-two at Sport1.
The German U21s started the tournament successfully with a 3-0 win against Hungary and a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands and are heading for the quarter-finals. Kuntz is currently considered a promising candidate for the successor to Löw after Hansi Flick (Bayern Munich) and Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool FC) are not available. Löw assistant Marcus Sorge is also an option for the national coaching job.
“I think the DFB has said that it does not want to contact anyone who has a contract with another club. You can now draw the conclusion,” said 58-year-old Kuntz in the Sport1-Live switch.
DFB director Oliver Bierhoff emphasized last Monday to the national team: “I’m really in no hurry because we have a good solution internally at the DFB.”
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U21 national player Florian Krüger (Erzgebirge Aue) emphasized on Sunday in a video media switch: “If the DFB ultimately decides on him as national coach, they will make a good choice. Not only me, many others would wish him and also allow him . But I think he wants to achieve the best with us at the tournament first. So that’s not an issue here at the moment. “
Kuntz is “an open, warm and communicative person who knows how to deal with the boys. He knows what makes us tick, was even at a European Championship. He can set an example for us”.