For the first time since ending his playing career at Lazio, Miroslav Klose has returned to Italy. As a part of a coaching internship he will be doing at AC Milan (per Tz), he will be shadowing the sessions of Stefano Piolli, with whom he has a strong relationship from their time working together at Lazio in 2014.
Pioli has been manager of AC Milan since the fall of 2019 and the Rossoneri are currently table-toppers in Serie A. Klose was supposed to begin this internship last year, but the coronavirus pandemic postponed it until now.
After coaching Bayern Munich’s U17’s, Klose started taking the steps last spring to obtain his UEFA Pro license, which would allow him to be able to coach in the first through third divisions in Germany, and the first division in England if he were to manage there. In the Spring, Klose had also passed his program at the Hennes-Weisweiler academy which includes an interview, a couple of written exams, and a practical exam, all in the space of three days. Of course, he also served as Hansi Flick’s assistant manager from last spring until the end of the season.
When he was asked about is managerial future after completing the internship in Italy, Klose said, “I will soon get the license to train in the highest leagues. I’m about to finish a five-year training phase during which I was lucky enough to gain experience with Joachim Löw in the national team and with the FC Bayern youth team. I want to take one step at a time, as I did as a player.” When he was specifically asked about potentially coaching the German National Team at some point in the future, he replied, “I’m open to the future. It is important to gain experience and to take over the leadership of a team.”