Long-time U21 coach Stefan Kuntz is again considered a candidate for the position of national coach – but this time not for the men’s national team.
Instead, Kuntz could coach the women’s team of the German Football Association (DFB) in the future. “Sport Bild” reports on such a thought game.
Accordingly, the 60-year-old is said to be the favorite among both the players and the association to take over from Martina Voss-Tecklenburg.
However, the 55-year-old should not lose her job at the DFB, but may even be promoted and act as the higher-level director for the women’s team in the future. Kuntz, who is said to have a good relationship with Voss-Tecklenburg, could then work under her as a trainer.
The problem: Concrete discussions about the possible personnel castling cannot currently be held with the four-time European champion.
Voss-Tecklenburg is ill and will be out indefinitely. Assistant coach Britta Carlson has currently taken over her duties on an interim basis. Under the direction of the 45-year-old, there was a 2-0 defeat against Denmark and a 4-0 defeat against Iceland in the Nations League.
DFB team “not unaffected” by the situation
A possible swap of the coaching position from Voss-Tecklenburg to Kuntz should be well received by the DFB women.
The current national coach is hotly disputed internally. This leaked out after the embarrassing preliminary round exit at the World Cup in the summer.
The unclear future due to Voss-Tecklenburg’s sick leave is putting a strain on the national players. “The situation does not leave us unaffected. We have confidence in those responsible to find the fastest possible solution for everyone,” said goalkeeper Merle Frohms.
“I would be lying if I said it wasn’t an issue within the team,” admitted interim coach Carlson. “I would like to see clarity for everyone so that Germany can regain its strength as it was before.”
Kuntz, most recently fired as Turkey’s national coach, was also discussed as a possible successor to men’s national coach Hansi Flick. Julian Nagelsmann ultimately took over his position.