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Joachim Löw expected to stay on as Germany coach

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Perhaps not the news everyone wanted nor expected to hear.

Korea Republic v Germany: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images,

With Germany shockingly crashing out in the early stages of the World Cup, the future of long-time manager Joachim Löw has come under the microscope. Despite leading his nation to success in the previous tournament, the 58-year-old is expected to have his position reviewed by the DFB following the events of the last few days.

However, according to Kicker, the decision-makers within Germany’s Football Association aren’t exactly desperate to make a change and still view Löw as the right man to take the country forward.

After a conference call with the DFB’s executive board, President Reinhard Grindel related that a majority of board members remains in favor of Löw. “There is no other opinion—[it was] a clear demonstration of confidence,” he said. Löw himself said earlier this week, “It will take a little time until we’ve somehow digested it all.”

It doesn’t seem as if a divorce is on the horizon for a partnership that has lasted twelve years. There are arguments to be made for both sides, here. Löw has overseen one of Germany’s more successful periods, with consistent performances at major tournaments— this World Cup notwithstanding, of course. On the flip side, recent team selections and tactical choices have led many to believe that Löw has given everything he can to his country, and that a change is needed for both parties if Germany are to continue to head in the right direction.

Kicker add that a meeting between manager and bosses is planned for next week. The agenda reportedly includes such topics as “isolation from the public” and “the composition of Löw’s ever-growing staff volunteers,” which presumably includes Bayern Munich’s future U17 coach Miroslav Klose.

Things should become clearer after this conference, but if the recent murmurs are anything to go by, it looks as if Löw is remaining in his position for the time being.