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Klinsmann given vote of confidence
Bayern Munich give coach job guarantee despite poor start to season.
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2008 12:06 GMT

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, left, has shown his faith in Klinsmann [GALLO/GETTY]
Bayern Munich's top official has given coach Juergen Klinsmann a job guarantee until the end of the season despite the club's worst start in three decades in the German premier football league.

Seven games into the season and 100 days into Klinsmann's tenure, the defending champions are 11th in the Bundesliga standings with nine points, trailing leader Hamburger SV by seven.

Absolute faith

"He is the right coach for us and in principle he is doing everything right," Bayern chairman of the board Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in an interview published in Germany's biggest-selling newspaper, Bild.

"Only the results at the moment are not the right ones," Rummenigge said.

"We are going to be patient until we get back on track.

"We have confidence in him."

Asked who will be in charge of Bayern in the 34th and final round of the season, Rummenigge replied; "Juergen Klinsmann."

"Definitely. Without any doubt," he said.

Supporters unhappy

Bayern has lost two and drawn one in its last three Bundesliga games, conceding nine goals, and there were chants of "Klinsmann out" after Saturday's 3-3 draw at home against Bochum.

Rummenigge said some players would be warned against being egoistic, but he would not give any names.

"I require the team now to scratch, bite and spit," he said.

 Klinsmann was hugely popular at the World Cup but supporters seem to have lost faith [GALLO/GETTY]
Pressure mounts

Rummenigge said goalkeeper Michael Rensing would now have to prove whether he can come to terms with pressure.

Rensing, a longtime understudy of Oliver Kahn, who retired at the end of the last season, has had uneven performances.

Klinsmann, in a separate interview with Bild, said Bayern still had a chance of defending the title, although Hamburg had opened a big lead.

Positive approach

"Hamburg has been very strong until now but what counts is the final standings," Klinsmann said.

Throughout his career, Klinsmann said, he always had setbacks but always took a positive attitude.

"At the end there was always celebration and satisfaction and that's how it is going to be this time, too," he said.

Klinsmann took Germany to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup at home but had never coached a club before Bayern.

Huelva have had little to celebrate recently [GALLO/GETTY]
Zambrano sacked

Meanwhile Spanish club Recreativo Huelva have sacked coach Manolo Zambrano after their poor start to the season and will replace him with former boss Lucas Alcaraz.

The Andalucians slipped to 18th in the standings after being hammered 4-0 at home by promoted Malaga on Sunday, and have taken only four points from their first six games.

Zambrano was promoted from within to replace Victor Munoz in February and just managed to steer them to safety at the end of last season.

Alcaraz promoted

Alcaraz guided Recre to promotion to the top flight in 2002 and, while he could not prevent an immediate return to division two, won widespread praise for his team's attack-minded football in his three seasons at the helm.

Under his guidance Recreativo also reached their first final of the King's Cup, where they lost 3-0 to Real Mallorca in 2003.

Alcaraz stepped down and went on to have spells with Racing Santander and Real Murcia.

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