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3.16.2007

Ballack: "Effenberg would be a great coach for Bayern Munich"

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From time to time, Michael Ballack feels like speaking like a coach. That's why he has tipped Stefan Effenberg to become the next coach of Bayern Munich coach if Ottmar Hitzfeld leaves at the end of the season.

"In fact, Effenberg has expert knowledge, he is identified with the club and he would come to the job fresh," Ballack admitted in a publication.

"He's a really strong personality and he carries natural authority."

We must remember that Effenberg had two spells with Bayern as a player and led the club to their Champions League triumph in 2001. When he left in 2002, Bayern signed MichaeƱ Ballack as his direct replacement.

And even when Effenberg has no experience as a coach, Ballack believes he would be a natural for the important role.

"Yes, Juergen Klinsmann didn't have any experience before he became Germany coach," Ballack reminds us.

It's clever to notice that Hitzfeld returned for a second spell as Bayern coach in place of Felix Magath last month. However, he has yet to confirm whether he will continue in the role next season.