Bernd Neuendorf introduced the new committee
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The head of the German Football Association (DFB) appointed a prominent panel of experts after the national team lost the World Cup and the departure of managing director Oliver Bierhoff.
The advisory group, which includes Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Matthias Sammer, Oliver Mintzlaff, Oliver Kahn and Rudi Völler, is intended to support the association in overcoming the crisis.
This was announced by President Bernd Neuendorf.
The committee should ensure that the DFB and the national team around national coach Hansi Flick get out of the low with a view to the EM 2024 in Germany.
In the past, the DFB had set up similar expert panels after sporting failures or resignations from coaches.
The search for a Bierhoff successor is also on the agenda.
The DFB parted ways with Bierhoff after 18 years as a result of the national team failing again in the preliminary round of the World Cup.
Flick, on the other hand, remains in office.
The coach should do better at the home European Championship than in Qatar.
'There will be a first round before Christmas.
We will give ourselves a timetable there," said Neuendorf, looking at the consultants: "We need to close ranks.
We have to join forces towards the EM 2024. It has to be a success.«
Internal working group also planned
In addition to the expert council, an internal working group will be set up at the DFB with heads of the association such as general secretary Heike Ullrich and EM tournament director Philipp Lahm as well as EM ambassador Celia Sasic.
“There we will look at everything that has to do with Oliver Bierhoff's work area and see if it is consistent,” said Neuendorf: “We will look at how we set up the area in order to be successful in the future.
And we will be self-critical.«