The head of the German Football Association (DFB) has told national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann he needs to spend more time in Germany.
Klinsmann has been under increasing pressure
He has come under fire from the 2006 World Cup hosts for failing to relocate to Germany from his California home.
The criticism has been fuelled by some indifferent results - culminating in a recent 4-1 friendly drubbing by Italy.
DFB chief executive Theo Zwanziger said: "Klinsmann must be closer to the team and be more present in Germany."
Last week World Cup-winning coach Franz Beckenbauer criticised Klinsmann for missing a World Cup workshop in Dusseldorf, which was attended by a number of national team coaches, including England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson.
And Zwanziger added: "The question of how present in Germany Klinsmann is has an effect on the atmosphere in this country.
"Up to the World Cup he must be sitting in the stadiums in Germany every weekend."