FCB take 'important steps for the future'

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The FC Bayern junior team has announced a number of personnel changes ready for next season. New coaches will take over the FCB II reserves, and the Under 19 and Under 17 squads. The sporting director function for the FCB youth section will also be reassigned.

"We've taken important steps for the future. Progress is always connected to change. We want to build upon the good foundations that we have and take the next step," explained sporting director Matthias Sammer: "We want to bring our aspiration -- world class -- to fruition, in our junior team just as in our first team. But development always takes time." Uli Hoeneß too had a crucial part in the restructuring of the junior team, reported Sammer: "He was a driving force in many discussions."

Vogel new FCB II coach

Heiko Vogel takes over the FCB second team for next season. The 39-year-old replaces Dutchman Erik ten Hag who will leave the Reds for FC Utrecht after two years. Former pro Danny Schwarz will be assistant to Vogel just as before in the U-19s. Rainer Ulrich will also remain as assistant coach.

As of now Vogel will also be the sporting director of the entire junior team with a focus on the reserves through to the U-17 squad. Michael Tarnat will be in charge of the U-16 juniors and younger. "I'm looking forward to my new task and am pleased with the confidence the club have in me," said Vogel.

Seitz new U-19 coach

FC Bayern also welcome new coaches for the U-19 and U-17 squads. Holger Seitz will replace Vogel, coaching the German record champions' eldest juniors. The 40-year-old recently completed his top-level football coaching qualifications.

Seitz previously worked for the Bavarian Football Association (BFV), who immediately released him to tackle the new challenge. "We had very good and trusting talks with the BFV," reported Sammer. "Of course it's hard for us to let Holger Seitz go as we've had many positive experiences together. He has a great future ahead of him. But we're happy that he's found a tremendous new challenge now," said BFV executive Jürgen Igelspacher. Dirk Teschke will be the FCB U-19 assistant coach next season.

Walter new U-17 coach

Tim Walter will be head coach of the FCB U-17 squad next season. The 39-year-old led the Karlsruhe U-19 juniors into the semi-final of the German championship last season. Sebastian Dreier and Tobias Schweinsteiger, last season's FCB II skipper, will be assistants to Walter.

"With the new U-19 and U-17 coaches we have top staff. We're happy to have them here. They have everything we were looking for. The two are experts," said Vogel, looking forward to working with Seitz and Walter. Sporting director Sammer expressed special thanks to former U-17 coach Heiko Herrlich and Erik ten Hag: "They've done fantastic work in the past years -- we're building up on that now."

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