German Football Federation (DFB) technical director Robin Dutt has reiterated that he has no desire to replace Joachim Low as national coach in the future.
The former Bayer Leverkusen manager recently joined the DFB to fill the role that had been vacated by Matthias Sammer, who left for Bayern Munich.
Low's long-term future as Bundestrainer has been put into doubt following the team's semifinal exit at Euro 2012, but Dutt insisted he is not in line to succeed the 52-year-old.
"There is not a coaching clause in my contract, I am a technical director and I am looking forward to this exciting task," Dutt told Bild. "You cannot expect me to speculate on Low's future without any reason. I hope that he will remain our coach for a long time.
"We spoke on the phone and we found out that we share the same ideas about how football should be played. We want a unified system from the Under-15 team to the senior team. Michael Ballack replacing Low? I would like to point out that he does not even have a coaching license."
Dutt, who had been out of work since April, then admitted that he had not expected to be approached by the federation.
"I was surprised when I got the call from [DFB secretary general] Helmut Sandrock. "The corridors at the federation's headquarters are decorated with pictures of players that I used to admire when I was a child. Working here is very special."
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