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President backs Slomka for Bayern job

Hannover 96 president Martin Kind has fuelled speculation that coach Mirko Slomka may succeed Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes next season, saying he "would advise him to take the offer" if Bayern approached the German.

Kind told Sky News on Wednesday that he would "totally sympathise with Slomka" if he moved to the Bundesliga giants, despite the Hannover coach denying he has had any offers from other clubs.

Slomka has been with the Leinesiders since January 2010 and, after avoiding relegation in the last match of the 2009/10 season, Hannover have twice qualified for the Europa League under his tenure.

The 45-year-old has been hailed for reviving Hannover from the lower reaches of the Bundesliga and turning them into a team competing for Europe every year.

Slomka is in the last year of his contract with Hannover and has been in talks with general manager Jorg Schmadtke since September to discuss his future.

Despite supporting a possible move away from the AWD Arena for Hannover's coach, Kind is hoping to secure a new contract for Slomka.

"Without any ifs and buts, he is doing a fantastic job here," Kind said. "He knows what he wants and how to professionally turn his ideas into reality.

"Slomka is aware we want to keep him here. We want to develop further. If we can do that together, it will be a success story."

Slomka last week told German newspaper bild that he is focusing on the current season with Hannover and has not held talks with Bayern.

"Let's be clear, there is no offer from another club," Slomka said. "But the speculation is understandable, since both mine and Heynckes' contracts are running out.

"We are in good discussions [with Hannover over a contract renewal]. I want to achieve the highest as a coach. I want to win the title, it's my drive. It feels like fourth place is something we've already done. I want to hold up the title from the balcony of City Hall."

Hannover travel to the in-form Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday hoping to improve on their fifth place standing in the Bundesliga.

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