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Strife between Miroslav Klose and Hasan Salihamidzic over Bayern Munich’s U-19 coaching position

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The club wants Miroslav Klose to move from the U-17s to the U-19s, but the former striker has given no indication that he is interested in the position.

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Miroslav Klose had a remarkably good first season with the Bayern Munich U-17 team, which has pushed him into consideration to take over the U-19 squad for the Bavarians.

There is a hitch in that plan, however. Klose does not want the job.

Bayern sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic is making a push for Klose to move up and lead the U-19 roster, but there is a disconnect between Klose and the front office per Sport 1. Klose led the U-17 team to 21 wins, one draw, and just four losses last season.

Sport 1 reports that the Salihamidzic and Klose had an “emotional” conversation just two days ago, but no decision was made as to whether Klose would accept the new position. After the meeting, Klose left for a two-week vacation to the United States.

Time, however, is of the essence since both the U-19 and U-17 teams resume training shortly.

The preseason for the U-19 team starts next Monday. That of the U-17 team begins one week later. At present, none of the parties involved know who will train the teams.

The U-19 vacancy was created when Sebastian Hoeness was named head coach for Bayern II. Hoeness received an internal promotion when former Bayern II coach Holger Seitz was promoted to an internal position at the FC Bayern Campus.

Should Klose accept the promotion, U-16 trainers Danny Schwarz and Stefan Buck are expected to take over the U-17 squad. But there is also speculation that Klose might even resign rather than give in.

Despite his vacation, a final decision regarding Klose’s future is expected to be made this week.