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Voeller approached for Bayern job

BAYERN Munich made an informal approach for Rudi Voeller to succeed Uli Hoeness as the club's manager, according to German media reports.

The approach was made during Germany captain Michael Ballack's wedding in July.

Voeller said he was honored to be among the candidates but that he had no intention of leaving Bayer Leverkusen, where he works as director of sports.

"I want to help Leverkusen win the title," Voeller said.

Hoeness is slated to leave the job of manager at the end of the year and his successor has not been chosen. A manager, or a sports director, in the Bundesliga negotiates contracts and signs players, unlike England, where such duties may be part of the job of a coach.

If Voeller were to take the job at Bayern, he would in effect become the immediate boss of coach Juergen Klinsmann, who succeeded Voeller as coach of Germany. The two also played together for Germany.

Meanwhile, Klinsmann's spell as Bayern's coach is suffering a bout of the wobbles, after the team's third defeat in four matches.

"Klinsi is wobbling," the Bild newspaper said. Though a former Germany coach, Klinsmann had never coached at club level before taking over Bayern at the start of the season.

Club officials have been restrained until now and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he would not start giving out "wild guilty accusations."

But Hoeness said the club could not be relaxed about the situation any more. "There is nothing to gloss over," he said.

After 21 games, Bayern is fourth, four points behind leader Hamburger SV.


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