Michael Ballack was surprised to see Germany coach Joachim Low keep his job following Die Mannschaft’s World Cup debacle.
Germany’s defence of the trophy they won in Brazil four years ago ended with a whimper, with Low overseeing the nation’s first opening-round exit since 1938.
However, the German Football Association (DFB) opted to stick with Low, a decision that caught former captain Ballack – who won 98 caps for his country – off guard.
“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.”