There were multiple calls for a change of manager in the German press following Saturday night’s Nations League hammering at the hands of Holland.
Joachim Low’s stock appears to have plummeted as Germany boss, with the 3-0 loss coming just months after a dreadful showing at the World Cup where the defending champions failed to progress beyond the group stage.
Bild ran an article titled: ‘The belief in Low disappears’. Meanwhile, Spiegel Online went with an equally pessimistic message: ‘It will not get better’.
Despite the emphatic nature of the scoreline, both Bild and Spiegel made the point that Germany were not as bad on the night as Holland’s margin of victory suggests.
But it is also stated that Low is fast running out of time as this is the latest on a long list of poor results — Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Peru are the only teams Germany have beaten in the past 12 months.
Low’s excuse for Germany’s lack of form before the World Cup was that he had been experimenting in friendlies to give himself tactical options at Russia 2018.
That experimentation clearly did not work and the problem now, as pointed out by Bild, is that the Nations League games are not friendlies.
Germany face the very real prospect of being relegated from Tier A if they fail to beat France in Paris on Tuesday night in what could well by Low’s last game in charge.
There seems to be plenty of sympathy from many German media outlets for Low, the man who led the nation to the pinnacle of the world game in 2014.
The daggers are certainly not being sharpened with glee, but there is a reluctant admission that his time is almost up.
Suddeutsche Zeitung sum up the situation nicely: ‘In the end it became what one did not want at the DFB in any case: a debacle for the German national team and their national coach.’