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Monday, 19 June, 2000, 10:26 GMT 11:26 UK
Wenger snubs Germany
Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger is staying loyal to Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed talk of him becoming coach of Germany after Euro 2000.

"I still have two years of my contract with Arsenal to run and I keep my word," said Wenger.

"I am not someone who just gets up and leaves like that."

Wenger indicated prior to the tournament that he was interested in taking over from current German coach Erich Ribbeck.

But despite the fact that the reigning champions are on the verge of an early exit and Ribbeck's future is growing increasingly uncertain, Wenger has now withdrawn from the running.



I still have two years of my contract with Arsenal to run and I keep my word

Arsene Wenger

To have any chance of making the quarter-finals, Germany must beat Portugal in their final group game on Tuesday.

Even then, that might not be enough to take them through.

Should they bow out in the group stages, Ribbeck's position would become almost untenable.

He has already suffered considerable amounts of criticism.

His cause has not been helped by reported splits in the German camp and what many people regard as his misplaced faith in the ageing Lothar Matthaus.

Blow

Wenger admits Germany have been below par but does not think they can be written off in the future.

"An early elimination would be a big blow, but sometimes it's not that bad a thing," said the Frenchman.

"A bad World Cup in France and now a bad Euro 2000, that opens the doors to radical changes.


Erich Ribbeck
Erich Ribbeck: expected to stand down
"The Germans have always worked hard at their football.

"That healthy mentality is still there, but the team is lacking creativity and young talent."

Wenger is widely respected in the footballing world thanks to his achievements in France, Japan and England.

Japan have been keen to put him in charge of their national side but he has constantly reject their advances.

Former Bayern Munich coach Giovanni Trapattoni is also in the frame to succeed Ribbeck.

Franz Beckenbauer, who guided West Germany to glory in the 1990 World Cup, has ruled himself out of the running.

He said: "Never in my life will I take on a coaching job again."

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18 Jun 00 | Germany
Ribbeck hints he might step down
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