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Klinsmann restores Henke to Bayern staff

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Yet more exciting behind-the-scenes news has added further fuel to the fires of anticipation ahead of the eagerly-anticipated Jürgen Klinsmann era at Bayern, set to dawn on 30 June. The new head coach has unveiled two further additions to the coaching staff at Germany’s most successful club, Michael Henke and Philipp Laux.

Henke’s third spell at the Säbener Strasse is a genuine coup and a thrilling surprise for Bayern fans. Ottmar Hitzfeld’s long-serving assistant is to join Klinsmann’s staff as chief analyst and head of match observation, where he will take responsibility for scrutinising future opponents, creating video materials for the coaching staff, and producing a tactical analysis of individual matches. Henke will also record, edit and evaluate training sessions at the Säbener Strasse for use as soon as the players have left the training ground. The materials will be available immediately in the club’s new performance centre for presentation and discussion with the players.

“Michael Henke is the perfect man for this task. He has years of experience at the highest level of international football, he knows Bayern like the back of his hand, and most importantly, he is highly media and computer literate,“ Klinsmann explained. Henke has spent many years acquainting himself with and using the game’s latest analytical technologies and methods.

“We’re delighted we’ve been able to add Michael to our team,” Klinsmann continued, “he is an important component in our concept.“ Henke will liaise closely with the coaching staff, but will also be attached to the club’s technology and media section.

Philipp Laux, the second new face announced today, will also take over a critical role in Klinsmann’s set-up. The former keeper, who appeared in the Bundesliga for the likes of SSV Ulm and Borussia Dortmund, has been appointed sports psychologist and head of player development. The 35-year-old is currently contracted to promoted top flight outfit TSG Hoffenheim until summer 2009 as sports psychologist and goalkeeping coach. His switch to Munich has been agreed verbally, with contractual details to be settled shortly.

Laux’ key responsibility will be individual performance optimisation in all areas, including personal coaching, stress relief, concentration abilities and advanced player development. “There’s a lot to do in this area. Philipp will be a significant help to us in terms of individual player development and improvement,“ Klinsmann commented.

Newly-appointed team manager Christian Nerlinger will be responsible for organisation and administration in Klinsmann’s team, while Laux “will work alongside me in planning the programme for our new performance centre,“ Klinsmann explained.

Philipp Laux began his playing career in Gaggenau (1991 – 1993), before moving to Borussia Dortmund (1993 – 1994), SSV Ulm (1994 – 2000) and returning to Dortmund (2000 – 2002). He switched to Braunschweig in 2003 but was forced to end his playing career due to a cartilage injury. He studied psychology in Mannheim and was awarded his degree this year. Laux coached at the German FA (DFB) on a pro bono basis from 2004 to 2006, working with the German national U-18, U-19, U-20, and U-21 teams, before joining TSG Hoffenheim in 2006. Laux and his wife Verena have one son (Samuel, 4 months).