We were close to sign Klopp in 2008 - Rummenige

Sun 21 February 2021 | 17:02

The German coach moved to Dortmund in 2008 and had a successful spell with the team.

Bayern Munich

CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claimed that in 2008 they had planned to consider Jürgen Klopp as manager, but Jürgen Klinsmann was eventually selected.

Klinsmann's choice as Otmar Hitzfield's successor was an unexpected choice for the 2008-09 season. However, he was sacked just nine months after taking over at Bayern, with Rummenigge calling the decision the worst of his executive career.

In the 2007-08 season, Bayern won the Bundesliga and the Cup, and Hitzfield decided to retire. After resigning from Mainz Jürgen Klopp was available at that point. Klinsmann, on the other hand, was free agent and had previously managed the German national team for only two years, however eventually Rummenigge turned to the former Bayern striker and now regrets his decision.

"I was partly responsible for bringing Jürgen Klinsmann on as a coach. Unfortunately, that didn't work,”

Rummenigge told ZDF Sport

in comments carried by



“That was also due to FC Bayern, but it just didn't work. I'm very sorry. It wasn't a good decision for both parties.”

"Uli was in talks with Klopp at the time. We had to make a swift decision and then we agreed to get Jurgen."

source: SportMob