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Apr 29, 2009

Klinsmann lost Bayern's respect - Beckenbauer

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has revealed that Jurgen Klinsmann was sacked after losing the respect of both the club's management team and playing staff in his final weeks as coach.

The Bundesliga giants sacked Klinsmann on Monday after the Bavarian club suffered their third home defeat of the season at the weekend; a 1-0 defeat to Schalke which left them third in the table.

Such has been the club's form under the 44-year-old that, although Bayern are only three points of league leaders Wolfsburg with five game remaining, there are concerns that they may yet fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Having replaced Klinsmann with Jupp Heynckes until the end of the season, Beckenbauer said he regretted it had not worked out with Klinsmann, but admitted there was no other choice.

''I think it is a shame that it could not be taken to the end (of the season),'' he said. ''Jurgen Klinsmann engaged himself incredibly and threw himself right into the job from the very first minutes.

''He brought a new dimension to the Sabener Strasse (training facilities), only he did not get the results. He had lost the respect of the club's management and the team.''

Beckenbauer also revealed that the 5-1 defeat to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga and elimination from Champions League to Barcelona, featuring a humiliating 4-0 quarter-final fist leg defeat, proved to be the turning point in the season for Klinsmann.

''You could see there that the team was not following the coach anymore,'' he added. ''They were doing what they wanted and those were the first signs of things collapsing.''

Heynckes was not the man expected to step in and it has been rumoured that he was only the second choice after former coach Ottmar Hitzfeld turned down a third stint in charge. However, Beckenbauer has welcomed the 63-year-old's appointment until the end of the season.

''All the talk was of Klinsmann being a newcomer [but] to appoint another newcomer like Mehmet Scholl or Paul Breitner would have been risky,'' he told Premiere television. ''So it was decided that we would take a seasoned leader and I think that is the right decision.''

Klinsmann was offered the coach's role at Bayern Munich on a wave of popular support of he guided the German national team to the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup.

However, some doubted Klinsmann's credentials and pointed out that before taking the role with the national team he had no managerial or coaching experience, and some argue that Germany's success in 2006 was explained by a combination of home advantage and the coaching of Joachim Loew, Klinsmann's then-assistant and now current Germany coach.

Klinsmann enjoyed a hugely successful playing career winning the World Cup and European Championship as well as playing for teams including Bayern, Tottenham, Monaco and Inter Milan.

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