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The sacking of Bayern trainer Juergen Klinsmann after just ten months in charge has brought a wide range of reactions. His former national team assistant Jogi Loew has, however, praised Klinsi.

German national team trainer Joachim Loew has shown sympathy for Juergen Klinsmann following his sacking today by Bayern Munich. The Bundestrainer has taken time to speak of the strength of character shown by his former superior.  

Joachim Loew was Klinsmann's assistant with the German national team from 2004 until 2006 and the two worked extremely closely together, almost taking Germany to World Cup glory in 2006. 

“The past few weeks have been inhumane,” Loew told the German Press Agency. “All the criticism has been on one person and it’s been massive.  

“But Juergen has shown his strength, he has always been loyal to the club and the team. That shows a strong character,” he added.   

“It was extremely difficult with everything focused on him. Despite that, Juergen had fun at work. He stayed true to his principles and he didn’t pillory the team. He never put the blame onto others.”      

The decision to fire Klinsmann even though Bayern are still in the title race surprised Loew but he didn’t want to say anything about the development other than that it was up to Bayern to decide.  

“The title race is still fully open and extremely exciting. Wolfsburg would have had an advantage had they won in Cottbus. However, I don’t see a clear favourite,” Loew explained. 

Mathew Burt, Goal.com

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