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Magath declines Tosu offer

Kyodo

Felix Magath has rejected Sagan Tosu’s offer to coach the J. League first division club.

“I was drawn by the prospect of working in Japan but after careful consideration I have decided to turn down their offer,” Magath said on Thursday in a statement posted on Facebook.

According to the German tabloid Express, the 62-year-old former Bayern Munich manager felt Sagan lacked vision and long-term planning for the club.

A Tosu official confirmed Magath’s decision to Kyodo News, saying, “There’s no mistake. The reports are true.”

Tosu finished 11th in J1 this season and were hoping to lure the Bundesliga winner to Japan to turn their fortunes around. At one point in the negotiations, Sagan said they had agreed on the terms of a contract with the former Fulham boss.

Magathvisited Saga Prefecture earlier this month but the deal has now fallen through.