Jurgen Klinsmann has emerged as a popular candidate to be the next England national team candidate and the FA appear to agree, as they have opened up talks with the United States Men’s National Team manager about the vacant job with the Three Lions.
According to the Mirror, Klinsmann’s longtime friend Oliver Bierhoff revealed that the USMNT boss has held discussions with the FA about potentially taking over the team. Bierhoff stated that Klinsmann’s motivational talents as well as near-universal respect from friends and opponents alike would make him an ideal choice to replace Roy Hodgson.
“I think he is in discussion with England,” Bierhoff said. “He also gave the German national team a certain pride, atmosphere and organisation.
“The success of the German story is the high quality but also the good organisation and good atmosphere we have in the group.
“He would be a good fit for England. We started in 2004 together and he’s not always, how can I say…nice to handle because he wants to change.
“But he brings motivation, he has the courage to make difficult decisions and perhaps you need something like this.”
Klinsmann is very familiar with England, having played for Tottenham Hotspur in several stints during his storied playing career, and is completely fluent in the English language. He and Bierhoff were also members of the 1996 Germany team that knocked England out of the European championship at Wembley.
The 51-year-old German manager already has the support of England and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, who recently wrote an Op-Ed for the Daily Mail in which he declared Klinsmann to be his top candidate to replace Hodgson.
Klinsmann has had a mixed record with the United States since taking over the team in 2011. He led the country to a CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2013 and then into the knockout round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. His winning percentage with the USMNT is 56.04%.
Prior to his stint with the U.S., Klinsmann led Germany to the Semi-Finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Follow @jtmlovessports on Twitter
Man City close to £9m move for fifth summer signing
West Ham submit £25.7m for Milan scoring machine with goal every other game
Leicester City news: BPL champs break transfer record for 50-goal striker