Hitzfield announces exit plans

The Bayern Munich coach will leave the club at the end of the season.

    Otto Hitzfield: Tired of criticism [GALLO/GETTY] 

    Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said he will leave the club at the end of the season.

    The 58-year-old coach, who has won Champions League titles with two different clubs, ended weeks of speculation about his future after he was stung by public criticism from Bayern's management in November.

    Hitzfeld said he told Bayern three weeks ago he will leave when his contract runs out on June 30. He said he may become coach of the Swiss national team or return to a job as television commentator.

    "I will try for the next half year to be as successful and win as many titles as I can," Hitzfeld said.

    Hitzfeld took over as Bayern coach on Feburary 1, his second stint at Germany's top club. During his first reign between 1998-2004, Hitzfeld won the 2001 Champions League title, four Bundesliga crowns and the German Cup.

    He also won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 1997.

    But Bayern's management apparently wasn't happy this season after spending $103 million on new players to assemble the most expensive team in Bundesliga history.

    The team's results have slumped after a record start, although it still leads the league on goal difference ahead of Werder Bremen.

    In November, Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge criticised Hitzfeld publicly for resting most of his regular starters for a 2-2 UEFA Cup draw against the Bolton Wanderers.

    Hitzfeld called the criticism a "severe blow that one has to put behind them."

    SOURCE: Agencies


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