Miroslav Klose has been appointed as Hansi Flick’s assistant manager at Bayern Munich, the former striker set to be promoted from his role as U17s coach at the start of next season.
Klose and Flick have enjoyed a close working relationship for years, with the former scoring two of his 71 Germany goals to help Die Mannschaft to their fourth FIFA World Cup in 2014, when Flick was assistant to Joachim Löw.
“With his experience as a former professional at the highest international level, Miro is the perfect addition to our coaching team,” Flick said.
“We have known and appreciated each other for a very long time and were able to celebrate great successes together with the national team.”
Klose – who also scored 53 goals in 150 games in all competitions for Bayern as a striker between 2007 and 2011 – was appointed as the club’s U17 coach in May 2018 and led them to the South/Southwest league title last season.
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“It feels very good,” Klose, who has signed a deal until 2023, said. “I’m very much looking forward to the task. Hansi Flick and I have known each other very well since our years together in the German national team. We trust each other, both professionally and personally.
“For me this is the next step in my career as a coach. I hope that I can use my experience to make an important contribution in helping FC Bayern achieve our sporting goals”.