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Ex-pro Nerlinger to return as team manager

The Bayern stars are continuing their quest for trophies out on the field of play, but there is plenty of behind-the-scenes activity too as plans and structures for next season take shape. The club announced on Thursday that former player Christian Nerlinger is to join new coach Jürgen Klinsmann’s backroom staff on 1 July. The 34-year-old former Germany international and general manager Uli Hoeneß agreed the appointment during the week.

Nerlinger, who scored 27 goals in 156 Bundesliga appearances for Germany’s most successful club between 1992 and 1998, will assist Hoeneß in the newly-created post of team manager, acting as a link man between the team, the coaching staff and the board. Nerlinger’s main duties will be organisational and administrative, but will also extend to marketing and merchandising.

Two championship triumphs

Nerlinger claimed Bundesliga championship medals with Bayern in 1994 and 1997, and played alongside Klinsmann in the 1996 UEFA Cup winning side. He moved to Borussia Dortmund in 1998, before spending three seasons with Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Premier League. He returned to the Bundesliga in 2004 with 1. FC Kaiserslautern, but injury forced him to end his playing career in December 2005.

Before the appointment of Nerlinger, USA and Mexico international Martin Vasquez was unveiled as Klinsmann’s future assistant coach.