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Klose: This is why Tobias Schweinsteiger didn’t join my staff

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The elder Schweinsteiger is looking to keep his arrow pointing up, and Bayern couldn’t offer him the opportunity to do that.

HEIMSTETTEN, GERMANY - JUNE 07: Assistant coach Tobias Schweinsteiger walks off the pitch before the B Juniors German Championship Semi Final between Bayern Muenchen and FC Schalke 04 on June 7, 2017 in Heimstetten, Germany.
HEIMSTETTEN, GERMANY - JUNE 07: Assistant coach Tobias Schweinsteiger walks off the pitch before the B Juniors German Championship Semi Final between Bayern Muenchen and FC Schalke 04 on June 7, 2017 in Heimstetten, Germany.
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A lot of speculation and wonder has surrounded Bayern’s youth coaching staff, since the appointment of Miroslav Klose to coach Bayern Munich’s U17 team. In particular, there has been a sense of bewilderment around former assistant coach Tobi Schweinsteiger’s recent departure.

After finishing his playing career at the end of the 2015 season, Schweinsteiger joined Tim Walter’s staff and has spent the last three seasons as his lead assistant, helping to lead the U17’s to a Bundesliga title in 2016/17 and Bayern II to a second-place finish last season.

After Walter left Bayern at the end of last season to take over 2nd Liga side Holstein Kiel, Bayern parted ways with Schweinsteiger as well. That announcement excited much curiosity, since Schweinsteiger is regarded as a great talent in the coaching world, having passed his last coaching exam with flying colors.

In an interview with Abendzeitung, current U17 coach Miroslav Klose revealed some further details pertaining to Schweinsteiger’s departure and why he didn’t become his assistant.

We met twice. He has good ideas. He communicated his feelings of wanting to become a head coach. He communicated that clearly. Sooner or later it wouldn’t be good if everyone wanted to be in charge. I want to learn things too, decide things on my own, and get a feeling for being a head coach. I had the feeling he was looking for his own place.

According to AZ, Schweinsteiger had grown unhappy at Bayern in recent months, in part because he felt ready and qualified to take over the Amateurs and was disappointed after not being considered.

It’s easy to understand Schweinsteiger in this situation. Not only was he overlooked for the U23 and U17 jobs head coaching jobs, but he also then was asked to work under a coach with less coaching experience and merit. The move could well have been considered a step backwards and insulting.

Having only terminated his contract in July, Schweinsteiger seemingly didn’t have time to find another job elsewhere, but considering his track record both on the pitch and in the classroom, he shouldn’t have any shortage of suitors for the 2019/2020 season.