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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 March 2006, 14:24 GMT
Klinsmann is unmoved by criticism
Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann
Klinsmann is under intense scrutiny
Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann has defended himself after being criticised by Franz Beckenbauer for snubbing a World Cup coaches workshop.

Beckenbauer said Klinsmann should have been at the Dusseldorf event instead of returning to his home in California.

But Klinsmann said the decision to send his assistant Joachim Loew had been made some time ago.

He said: "He has all the sporting matters that are being discussed under control."

Klinsmann continued: "We made a decision. My presence was not absolutely necessary and Joachim Loew is there and I find the current discussion offensive to him."

Beckenbauer, who managed the 1990 World Cup-winning West German team in which Klinsmann played an integral part, said he should have been in Germany to face the music after last week's 4-1 defeat to Italy.

"Jurgen should have been here. This is a meeting he had to make and there are not too many of them," he said.

"I do not know how many times I have spoken with him about it but clearly there is no point."

Other leading managers such as England's Sven-Goran Eriksson and Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira attended the workshop, while Klinsmann chose to remain in the United States, saying: "Everyone has their own way of working."

If he sees it differently then he must live with the criticism
Franz Beckenbauer

"Of course he can go to the United States to see his family but he needs to spend most of his time here in Germany ahead of the World Cup," said Beckenbauer.

Klinsmann, a World Cup winner with West Germany in 1990, has long been criticised for his decision to continue flying back to his Californian base and recent poor results have not helped.

Last Wednesday, Germany lost 4-1 to Italy in Florence and the German media ridiculed Klinsmann's ambition to win the World Cup this summer.

"After the 4-1 in Italy it was necessary for him to be here to pick up the pieces," Beckenbauer said.

"If he sees it differently then he must live with the criticism."

However, the German government has back the manager.

Interior minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told Bild newspaper: "I don't see any point in changing horses in the middle of the race.

"Jurgen Klinsmann has my trust. There is no doubt he has not taken on an easy task.

"The German Football Federation, who employ him, knew that Klinsmann was not low maintenance. He follows his own path."




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