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Ballack: I’m surprised Low is still in charge of Germany

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Michael Ballack is as surprised as anyone that Joachim Low managed to keep his job after Germany’s disastrous World Cup campaign

The 2014 winners’ defence of their world title came to an early end by suffering their first group stage exit since 1938.

Despite the fiasco at Russia, the German Football Association (DFB) opted to not dismiss Low.

“I was surprised as well as many other people that he kept his job,” Ballack told Deutsche Welle.

“For a long time, he worked with the team and sometimes you should say that things don’t work anymore when you’re so long with a certain team.

“As an outsider, I wished for German football that Low had gone out on top, because when you have talented players you shouldn’t talk about other things, which was the case before the World Cup.”

Ballack questioned the DFB’s review process of Low’s performance and suggested that reforms should be made in future.

“The World Cup was a huge disappointment and there were reasons for that,” he said.

“You should analyse it, really, and not just say ‘we will analyse that’ when you have already made the decision to keep the coach. That’s not a real analysis.

“There should not just be one person who is making these decisions. There should be more people in the German federation and a better structure.

“I think they can improve this for sure. But this has nothing to do with the performance on the pitch. That’s an excuse for players sometimes, but we shouldn’t forget these things.”

Ballack is a former midfielder who played for the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Chelsea before retiring in 2012.

He reached the 2002 World Cup final with Germany and managed an impressive tally of 42 goals and 19 assists in 98 appearances.