Miroslav Klose, who signed a two-year contract last summer to be the Bayern Munich U-17 coach, has apparently impressed enough that the Bayern board wants to give him a promotion to the U-19 side per kicker.
Current U-19 coach Sebastian Hoeness is expected to move up to coach the Bayern II team, which recently won promotion. Current Bayern II boss Holger Seitz is moving on to run the Bayern academy.
This would be nice promotion for the Klose, a 41-year-old who was a prolific striker for the German national team. There just happens to be one inconvenient hang up: Klose has yet to say “Yes.” As of now, it is unclear what the holdup is.
In these kinds of situations, it usually has to do with assistant coaches either moving up or getting a pay raise, but in this case, it may just be that Klose wants to spend another year with the youngsters. The U-17 team finished first in the Süd/Südwest league with a record of 21-4-1 and it was in no doubt thanks to Miro’s work with the strikers. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic seems confident he can convince Klose to take the move:
I’ve talked extensively with Miro. I know he would like to work with the U-17 for another year, but we need him in this position with the U-19 in our training system.
It all seems like a formality at this point, but if a man like Miro Klose can parlay his magnificence on the pitch to coaching others to do the same, this can only mean good things for Bayern Munich’s future.