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Germany Watch: U-21 coach Stefan Kuntz will move on and likely manage Turkey

Stefan Kuntz had a terrific record in running the Germany U-21s and now could be set to run his own senior team with Turkey.

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The hiring of former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick is not the only coaching move the DFB will have to address this year.

Germany U-21 manager Stefan Kutz has been relieved of his duties to take over Turkey’s senior team. The release comes on amicable terms as Germany is supporting Kuntz’s desire to move on and advance his career with the Turkish national team

The wildly successful coach will now take the next step of his career by accepting a new job, which should the final contractual details be worked out between Kuntz and the Turkish Football Association:

Kuntz, who led Germany to UEFA European Under-21 Championship titles in both 2017 and 2021, likely saw his pathway to being the first team coach blocked by Hansi Flick. This likely led to Kuntz wanting to make the leap toward running his own national team program.

Turkey will likely give him that chance:

If the move goes through, Kuntz will have his work cut out for him as he would be taking over a talented, but underachieving Turkish side.