Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has called for the row between Germany coach Joachim Low and the national football federation to be sorted out before the World Cup this summer.
Talks over a new contract for Low broke down last week when he refused to commit himself to a new deal after being given a 48-hour ultimatum by the German federation (DFB) to do so.
Rummenigge believes both parties should act quickly to resolve the current impasse.
“All I can do is advise the DFB to find a solution as quickly as possible,” he told Bavarian television. “Both sides would be well advised to sit down fairly and quickly around a table and find a solution. You cannot ignore the problem – it must be solved before the World Cup.”
Rummenigge believes Low should continue on as the national team coach having demonstrated his ability in leading them to second at Euro 2008 and being an key member of Jurgen Klinsmann’s coaching team during the 2006 World Cup, where they finished third.
“I can only recommend the DFB to carry on working with a man like Jogi Low,” he added. “He has worked exceptionally well for six years and deserves respect and a decent contract, not an ultimatum. The biggest error that the DFB committed was to make these contract talks public.”