Bayern to take time over appointment

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Bayern Munich have pledged to take their time in finding the right coach to replace the sacked Jurgen Klinsmann.

The former Germany national team manager was axed on Monday following the club's inconsistent form in their defence of the Bundesliga title and their Champions League humiliation at the hands of Barcelona.

Hamburg coach Martin Jol and former Bayern boss Felix Magath have both been linked to the vacancy already, but chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists the club won't be rushed into finding a replacement.

"We'll think long and hard in the coming weeks, hold talks and then unveil an appropriate solution after consulting with the supervisory board," he said.

"We'll talk to candidates we feel are suitable and then we'll take a decision.

"However, we won't be putting ourselves under any unnecessary time pressure while we seek a convincing solution."

Earlier, Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer has revealed his interest in luring interim Chelsea head coach Guus Hiddink to the Bundesliga.

"We are in need of an experienced seafarer like Jupp Heynckes," he told Bild. "I hope we can get a coach who is somewhere in the class of Guus Hiddink."

Brazil international defender Alex Silva has confirmed that he may consider leaving Hamburg at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old centre-back is unhappy at being utilised in a number of different positions by coach Martin Jol and is concerned that that situation is affecting his international prospects.

He told “I don't like it that the coach uses me as a midfielder one week and plays me as centre-back again the following week.

“I'm a defender and I'm convinced that I'll return to the Selecao if I return to my favourite position.

“I might make the decision to leave the club this summer if my current situation doesn't change.

“Firstly though, I need to know which teams are interested in securing my services though.”