And is the right decision.
Let’s clarify one thing for starters. The people in charge, the DFB, have decided that Joachim Löw is the right man to lead Germany into the 2014 World Cup. They are the ones to decide, and their belief has not waivered throughout the past sixteen months. No other opinions count. Not twitter, not polls set up by ex-players with websites to promote, not the gutter press and their manipulated opinion columns, and not club bosses with seemingly too much spare time on their hands.
So this debate is about one thing and one thing only. Two choices. Is a contract extension for the current management team the best thing for the German squad in the approach to the World Cup, or is it best to leave the matter unresolved?
Let’s go back to 2010. when the management team’s contracts were due to end halfway through the tournament. Negotiations had ended in stalement and the build-up to South Africa had been marked by constant talks of whether or not they would renew.
The first match arrived – A convincing 4-0 win against Australia. The post-match press conference? Rather than concentrating solely on what was a fine performance by his young team, Jogi was forced to talk again about his possible contract renewal, explaining to the media in response to comments made by the DFB: “We want to achieve something big here and I have to focus on this goal 100 percent.” Was this productive? Of course not.
Surely the desire of all involved not to have such a situation this time around is only natural.
The German players themselves certainly seemed keen for resolution going into the World Cup, Toni Kroos saying he looked forward to Joachim Löw contract extension and Mesut Ozil hoping his coach would continue. In addition Bayern CEO and former NT star Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told the media Jogi “Macht einen guten Job”. One presumes they would understand and appreciate the delicate workings within such an environment far more than those outside looking in who have never experienced it.
For those who are ‘worried’ in the event of a poor World Cup, the contract extension for the management team makes no difference in this respect. Ultimately a poor performance, as shown by Netherlands at Euro 2012, brings about one result and one result only, and this will be the same for any top nation’s coach at the World Cup.
Alternatively, in the event of a successful World Cup, one would, perhaps optimistically, hope that any detractors might just be satisfied!
So now is the time to prove you want what is best for the squad in the approach to what will be a very challenging tournament for all European sides. It is now time to put aside your personal opinion and accept that this move is the only right one for the German national team in the stability it promotes and the focus it achieves for the most important people, and ultimately the ones who really matter.
That is the team.