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Hitzfeld says goodbye

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And so the words that the majority of us thought were coming, but hoped not to hear have actually come to pass.

From Sky Sports:

Ottmar Hitzfeld has confirmed he will be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

The Bayern coach returned to the club less than a year ago and is under contract until the summer.

There had been suggestions that he could extend his stay at the Allianz Arena, but Hitzfeld has opted to quit the current Bundesliga leaders.

"I made my decision known to the club's officials three weeks ago," Hitzfeld told SID sports agency.

"I want to leave the job at the end of the season.

"I will now do all I can to win trophies for Bayern in the time left to me."

Hitzfeld is now expected to become coach of the Switzerland national team when Kobi Kuhn leaves after Euro 2008.

Swiss national team delegate Ernst Lammli has confirmed that informal talks have already talken place, while Bayern's executive manager Uli Hoeness expected Hitzfeld's departure in the summer.

He's been an excellent coach to Bayern and I hate to see him go, but wish him well. I do hope we'll find someone, that isn't van Basten, to fill his shoes.