Joachim Low steps down from his role as German Football team manager after 15 years, bringing an end to an era which saw Germany reaching the peak in World football, but was also marred with some indecisive performances in major tournaments in recent years.
Joachim Low had previously announced in March that he would be stepping down as the DFB manager after the Euro 2020, and the 2-0 defeat to England in the round of 16 proved to be his final game in charge as the head coach, with Hansi Flick assuming charge up next.
“My heart continues to beat black, red and gold.” Joachim Low spoke out his heart in his departing speech
Germany’s European campaign was made short as they lost to England in the Knockout stage after 55 years last night at Wembley. Two second half goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane gave Three Lions the due advantage against the Germans who were largely outclassed, as Low’s men unable to find an answer.
It is Germany’s earliest Euros exit since 2004, where they had failed to qualify for the knockouts, and Low was found apologising in his departing press conference about his team’s misfortune.
“The disappointment runs very, very deep. I’m sorry that we disappointed our fans and didn’t spark the kind of excitement we wanted. I take responsibility for our elimination, no ifs or buts,” said Low in his press conference.
“It’s been 15 long years with a lot of wonderful moments and, of course, some disappointments. The team and the players have a bright future ahead of them. Good luck to Hansi Flick, I wish him all the best. My heart continues to beat black, red and gold.” Low was found reminiscing his good days with the team, and the heights they achieved together.
“I’ve saved so many moments and images in my heart over the years. Not just the results, but the time spent together. We went through so much together, those are the moments you never forget.” Low added.
“I have been in constant contact with Hansi over the past few months. During the tournament we talked on the phone and were in contact via SMS. We know each other inside out. But Hansi has his own vision and his own philosophy.” Low added on his relationship with Hansi Flick who is set to take up the job following his departure.
Low had guided Germany to the World Cup triumph in Brazil seven years ago, but his term ended in a low, as he couldn’t guide Germany last the group stage in the 2018 World Cup followed by the disappointment in the current European Championships.
However, Low clearly waived off any chances of him taking the responsibility of Netherlands football team, who had earlier sacked Frank De Boer, following their shock knockout ousting to Czech Republic.
“I’m not interested in that at the moment. The Dutch have a lot of good coaches. For me that is out of the question.” Low made his opinion clear.