Loew to continue on a high with new contract

Berlin: German coach Joachim Loew will be handed a new contract as a reward for guiding Germany to the World Cup semifinals it was reported by a website on Friday, though, German football supremo Theo Zwanziger later denied the claims.

The 50-year-old - who since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann as
coach after the 2006 World Cup has taken Germany to the Euro
2008 final where like Wednesday`s semifinal they were beaten
by Spain - has been out of contract since June 30.

However, according to Bild despite initial talks having
broken down earlier this year over financial disagreements and
also over Loew`s desire to have more control over the Under-21
side, German Football Federation (DFB) president Zwanziger
will rubberstamp the new agreement on July 30 at an executive
committee meeting.

The new contract will see Loew - who has the best overall
record for a German manager of 38 wins in 55 matches - take
charge till Euro 2012.

However, Zwanziger said that while there was a good
chance of Loew signing a new contract, the crucial talks still
had to be held.

"The decision has been taken to meet after the finals are
over and things have calmed down," Zwanziger told an agency.

"Joachim Loew knows that we want to stick with him and I
believe the chances of that being the case are good."

Loew is still to hold talks with his backroom staff and
general manager Oliver Bierhoff to see if they are satisfied
with the offer on their return to Germany following the third
place match against Uruguay in Port Elizabeth tomorrow.

"Like we have said on several occasions, we will talk
about all that after the finals," said Bierhoff.

"It is imperative that everyone has three to four days to
themselves at home and have the time to reflect and recharge
their batteries. There is no deadline."

Should Loew agree to a new contract it would come as a
huge blow to DFB technical director Matthias Sammer, who was
being touted as a possible alternative to Loew and also
vehemently opposed the German coach having more responsibility
for the Under-21 side.

Sammer, who guided the Under-21 side to European glory
last year with a side including Mesut Ozil, Manuel Neuer and
Sami Kedira, does not enjoy good relations with Bierhoff and
has stayed away from South Africa during the finals.



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