Beckenbauer: The Players Weren’t Following Klinsmann

Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer has spoken of his regret that the club had to take the decision to part company with Juergen KlinsmannBayern Munich trainer Juergen Klinsmann was fired on Monday after the club lost their third home game of the season, to Schalke, a result that dealt another blow to their Bundesliga title challenge.  

Even though the Bavarians are still very much in the title race, the club’s bosses decided that Klinsmann had lost the respect of the players and an immediate change was required.  

The club have turned to former trainer Jupp Heynckes for the remaining five games of the season. 

“I think it is a shame that it could not be taken to the end of the season,” Beckenbauer told Premiere television.

“Juergen Klinsmann engaged himself incredibly and threw himself right into the job from the very first minutes. He brought a new dimension to the Sabener Strasse, only he did not get the results.

“He had however lost the respect of the club’s management and the team.

“You could see there that the team was not following the coach anymore. They were doing what they wanted and those were the first signs of things collapsing.

“All the talk was of Klinsmann being a newcomer and to appoint another newcomer like Mehmet Scholl or Paul Breitner would have been risky,” he added.

“So it was decided that we would take a seasoned leader and I think that is the right decision.”

Mathew Burt,