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By ESPN Staff
Jan 28, 2008

Beckenbauer warns Klinsmann for Bayern job

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has expressed doubt over whether former Liverpool managerial target Jurgen Klinsmann can cut it as a club boss.

The former Tottenham striker is due to take the helm at Bayern this summer, having met with Liverpool co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett last year to discuss the possibility of replacing Rafael Benitez at Anfield.

Klinsmann's only managerial experience so far is with Germany, who he led to the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup on home turf.

And Beckenbauer, himself a former national team boss, still needs convincing that Bayern's manager-elect has what it takes to succeed at club level.

'I can only hope he can last out for the full two years,' said Beckenbauer.

'He has not tried this yet. He has got to know that coaching a club is different to coaching the national team.'