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Klinsmann on the way out

BAYERN Munich bosses have decided to part company with coach Juergen Klinsmann after the end of the season, Bild newspaper said yesterday. However, should Bayern lose or draw today at home against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, the newspaper said Klinsmann will be fired immediately, without citing any sources.

"It's all but certain" that Klinsmann will leave in the summer, Bild said. "The bosses have noticed: Klinsmann doesn't reach the team any longer. He is only a spectator of his own 11," the paper said.

The pressure on Klinsmann increased dramatically after Bayern's crushing 0-4 loss at Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and general manager Uli Hoeness want to stick with Klinsmann until the end of the season and "somehow" still win the championship with him, Bild said, so that the "failed relationship still produces something good."

"In the summer, it's as good as certain, it's the end of project Klinsmann. Internally, everyone is in agreement. There should be a clean separation," Bild said.

Klinsmann has said that he had no intention of stepping down, but many newspapers speculated that he was about to be fired with Bayern's defeat at the Camp Nou on Wednesday having been preceded by a 1-5 loss to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga last week.

Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer described the first half of the match in Barcelona, when Bayern conceded all four goals, as "the most dreadful I'd ever seen from Bayern - a catastrophe."

Beckenbauer, who writes columns for Bild, had said before the match that Bayern officials would get together after the season and "discuss consequences, if necessary."

Rummenigge cautioned against making any hasty decisions.

"Now, we have to remain rational and not to overreact and not make any senseless, spontaneous decisions," he said. "We have to save what can be saved and that means trying to achieve our goal in the eight remaining games in the Bundesliga."

Klinsmann, who led Germany to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup at home in his first coaching job, had never coached a club before arriving at Bayern at the start of the season on a two-year contract.

"It's a very difficult moment and that's normal for the job," Klinsmann said. "But I know what this team is capable of and I have no doubt that it will show a reaction on Saturday."


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