German Football Association (DFB) president Bernd Neuendorf has announced the formation of a new advisory group to help the national team bounce back from their dismal World Cup.
Germany, who were expected to reach the latter stages of Qatar 2022, crashed out at the group stage, leading to the departure of team director Oliver Bierhoff after 18 years.
There was speculation boss Hansi Flick would follow him, but the former Bayern Munich coach confirmed he would be staying on board.
The new advisory group includes former Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Mintzlaff, and former Germany internationals Matthias Sammer, Rudi Voller and Oliver Kahn.
It will be led by Neuendorf and DFB vice-chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke.
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“I think this is a group that knows a lot about men’s football and the national team,” Neuendorf said. “We are not an association in which one person decides everything.
“There will be a first discussion before Christmas. We will give ourselves a timetable there. We have to join forces towards the European Championship in 2024. It has to be a success.”
Neuendorf also confirmed there will be a new group that will “take a close look at the entire business area for which Bierhoff was responsible”.
This group will include DFB general secretary Heike Ullrich, former Germany international Philipp Lahm and European Championship ambassador Celia Sasic.
“We will see how we set up the area in the future in order to be successful,” Neuendorf added. “And we will be self-critical.”
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