RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann definitively ruled himself out of the running to become Joachim’s Low’s successor as head coach of the German national team.
Low, 61, took over from Jurgen Klinsmann in August 2006 and went on to guide Die Mannschaft to World Cup success in 2014, when they memorably defeated hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals.
Germany reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, losing to hosts France, but then suffered an exit at the group stage of the World Cup for the first time in 2018 while also failing to impress in the inaugural UEFA Nations League campaign.
Low, who was assistant to Klinsmann from 2004, had been contracted until the 2022 World Cup, but approached the German Football Association (DFB) to request an early departure following the conclusion of this summer’s delayed tournament.
‘I take this step very consciously, full of pride and enormous gratitude, but at the same time continue to be very motivated when it comes to the upcoming European Championship,’ Low said on http://www.dfb.de.
‘Proud because it is something very special and an honour for me to be involved with my country and because I have been able to work with the best footballers in the country for almost 17 years and support them in their development.’
Klopp and Nagelsmann represent the two most obvious choices to replace Low, but the RB Leipzig coach unequivocal in his answer ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League showdown against Liverpool.
On Klopp, he added: ‘We have an important match tomorrow and frankly I don’t really care right now who will be the national coach so I don’t want to answer that.
‘Klopp is an exceptional coach but I think Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp are content with their partnership. You should ask Jurgen.
‘The DFB will think about this question, it is not for me to answer this question.’