In what has developed into a pretty crazy news day, Bayern Munich added to the list of breaking news items by signing Miroslav Klose to a contract to coach the U-17 team through the 2020 season as announced on FCBayern.com:
FC Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and Miroslav Klose have today reached an agreement for the 39-year-old world champion to coach the FCB U-17s as of this summer. The former Bayern forward and FCB have agreed a two-year contract through 30 June 2020.
Klose, who retired in 2015, is currently an assistant to Germany head coach Joachim Löw. The record-breaking striker is excited about the prospect of impacting Bayern’s youth program:
I’m very much looking forward to the task at FC Bayern, and I’ll do everything to justify the faith shown in me by the way I coach the young players.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was also thrilled with the prospect of Klose working with Bayern’s U-17 players. He said,
It’s our philosophy to secure the services of successful and valued former players. So I’m very glad that Miro Klose will pass on his enormous wealth of experience to our young talents, and that he will help us as a coach.
Klose, who is the all-time goal-scoring leader in the World Cup, succeeds Holger Seitz, who will coach the Bayern reserves in the Regionalliga. Klose played for Bayern from 2007 to 2011 and made 98 Bundesliga appearances, scoring 24 goals.