While Germany prepares for its upcoming slate of World Cup qualifiers, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer knows many people already have one eye on who the next manager will be.
Joachim Löw will walk away from the post after the European Championships, but Neuer insists that the squad is focused on sending Löw off with a trophy.
“We all have ambitious goals and want to cap off his era of success. I think that he has earned the right to go out on a high,” Neuer said (as captured by the DFB). “It’s noticeable how motivated and ambitious he is. He wants to succeed regardless, he is really enthusiastic. The end to his time as coach is important to him and that’s a good sign for our upcoming games over the next few days and next summer. I’ve been here since 2009. Soon I’ll be 35-years-old and I have gone through plenty of ups and downs with him.”
When that time does eventually come for Löw to leave, however, Neuer knows the person must have a certain level of expertise and familiarity with the players and the program.
“The Germany coach has to have experience, and he has to have achieved one or two things in German football,” Neuer said. “He has to know the Bundesliga and the national team players. For us players, it’s about the here and now and not thinking about that.”