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Bayern Munich want charismatic older coach

In the hunt to replace sacked Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann, club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisted on Sunday that experience and personality would be key attributes for potential candidates.

Bayern Munich want charismatic older coach
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“When one looks at the current trend in Europe, it’s notable that many of the successful coaches are personalities with a huge amount of experience and of advancing age,” Rummenigge told the Welt am Sonntag paper.

Klinsmann was sacked last Monday as Bayern head coach after just ten months in charge, following a string of poor results with Jupp Heynckes appointed as caretaker coach for the rest of the season.

Dutch coaches Louis van Gaal, Frank Rijkaard and Martin Jol have all been mentioned in connection to the vacant job at the defending Bundesliga champions, as well as German Football Federation (DFB) director of football Matthias Sammer.

“The man we seek is an experienced coach with a personality which can allow the team to develop,” said Rummenigge.

But there is another clear message from Bayern to whoever gets the job: immediate success is both expected and demanded by the German giants.

In all of Europe, whether it is Real Madrid or Barca, in the big Italian or English teams, the clubs simply do not have enough time to allow a coach to install new ideas and then wait three or four years for titles,” said Rummenigge.

“We acted where we felt we needed to and it should not be forgotten that the same team we have now, won the Bundesliga by ten points last season, having led the table from day one and also took the German Cup,” he added.

With four games left to play this season, Bayern are second in the Bundesliga table and three points behind leaders Wolfsburg, before Sunday’s matches, with four games left this season.

And Rummenigge admitted he had underestimated the resentment towards Klinsmann which still festered amongst Bayern fans from his dropping of club stalwart Oliver Kahn as goalkeeper from the national side in 2006.

On his way to guiding Germany to third place at the last World Cup, Klinsmann opted for ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann over Kahn and Bayern fans had not forgotten this when “Klinsi” started as Munich coach in July 2008.

“What we underestimated was the fact there was obviously still a group of supporters who still held a deep resentment on this issue,” added Rummenigge.

“It was hoped all the dissatisfaction would disappear after the World Cup, but unfortunately that was not the case.”

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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