Germany manager Joachim Low will remain in charge for next year's European Championship finals

German football federation give backing to under pressure coach after team were hammered 6-0 by Spain in recent Nations League game

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The German football federation (DFB) have said that manager Joachim Low will remain in charge of Germany for next year's delayed European Championship, despite a series of poor recent results.

Low, 60, has been in charge of the team since taking over from Jurgen Klinsmann following the 2006 World Cup.

He led the nation to a fourth World Cup victory, and first since reunification, in Brazil in 2014 when the Germans defeated Lionel Messi's Argentina in the final.

However, Germany are in crisis following a 6-0 defeat to Spain on November 17 and recent draws with Switzerland, twice, and Turkey.

The recent hammering by Spain, Germany's heaviest loss in 89 years, capped a poor three-year spell, which included an embarrassing group-stage exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russia after which the DFB gave Low their backing.

Loew has made some controversial decisions since the disaster in Russia, none more so than the one to end the international careers of World Cup winners Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.

The DFB's 14-member presidential committee had initially been due to meet Friday to determine Loew's fate. However, the group brought its decision forward.

Germany's team director Oliver Bierhoff said after the Spanish beating that one game would not change their minds about Low's credentials and that sentiment was echoed by the members of the Presidential Committee who met Loew on Monday.

"The Executive Committee agreed that what counts is the high-quality work of the coaching staff, the intact relationship between the team and the coach and a clear concept for the previous and future procedures," the DFB said in a statement.

"The defeat of the national team against Spain was also discussed in the conversation with the national coach and in the following telephone conference of the DFB presidium.

"A single game cannot and must not be a yardstick for the general performance of the national team and national coach."


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"During this meeting, Joachim Low informed the participants of his analysis, his ideas and his projects," the statement continued.

"The members of the management committee unanimously concluded that the high-quality work of the coaching staff, the sound relationship between the coach and the team, and a clear idea of the course followed so far and to come were valid arguments.

"Our eyes must remain fixed on the preparations for the Euros next year. We have the firm conviction that Joachim Low and his staff will succeed ... despite a difficult situation for everyone."

While Low is under contract until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, his position could again come under scrutiny at the Euros, which were postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Germany have been drawn in a tough group at the finals with defending champions Portugal, World Cup holders France and Hungary.