Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted that they made a mistake by not hiring Jurgen Klopp before he joined rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern was looking for a new manager in 2015 and went ahead to hold talks with Klopp but decided to go for Jurgen Klinsmann who was sacked after nine months in the job.
In an interview with ZDF Sport via The Mirror, Rummenigge said: “Uli was in talks with Klopp at the time. We had to make a swift decision and then we agreed to get Jurgen (Klinsmann). I was partly responsible for bringing Jurgen Klinsmann on as a coach. Unfortunately, that didn’t work.”
“That was also due to FC Bayern, but it just didn’t work. I’m very sorry. It wasn’t a good decision for both parties.”
Klopp went ahead to join Dortmund and threatened to cut Bayern’s dominance in the Bundesliga at that time before leaving for Liverpool later where he has achieved so much success that included Premier League and Champions League title wins.
Klopp has constantly been linked with a return to Germany with reports rife that the German federation wants him to be the replacement for national team coach Joachim Low.