After the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Iceland, as well as the subsequent Brexit vote and the possible soccer fallout from that, things have not been looking very well for the English FA Many people have lost faith in Roy Hodgson, including the English Press, who have been tossing out names for a new manager for England. One of those names includes Jurgen Klinsmann, the current USMNT manager.
The British media, from Sky Sports to the Daily Mirror, are putting forth the possibility that Klinsmann should be the next manager for England. Many English news sites are citing his previous experience as a player for both Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur.
Klinsmann has been a mixed bag when it comes to being coach of the USMNT. Since arrivig as manager, Klinsman has managed to win a Gold Cup, survive the group of death in Brazil and a semifinal appearance at the Copa America recently. However, Klinsmann has lost a series of embarrassing and crucial games such as CONCACAF losses against teams such as Haiti and Guatemala, failing to qualify for the confederations Cup which he listed as a top priority and having large loosing streaks and embarrassing goal differentials in CONCACAF competition.
According to the Daily Mail, they have a reason as to why Klinsmann is not popular as head coach of the USMNT. “He isn’t universally popular in America, mainly because of his autocratic approach and single-mindedness, wanting to control the national team and youth development in the country.”
“If Klinsmann comes to England – and it’s understood he’d like to – he’d have to become more of a team player and allow Dan Ashworth to take an overview of coaching and under-age teams so he could concentrate on the 2018 World Cup.”
For right now Klinsmann is staying put. Even though there was a rocky Copa America, he is still winning games in some capacity for the USMNT. Also he is waiting for the English FA to make an offer, even though they are still reeling from their Euro defeat and possible fallout from Hodgson.
Only time will tell if Klinsmann will leave the USMNT. He is still managing to pullout some winds and add a moderate amount of prestige to the team as a whole. Klinsmann has devoted a great amount of time and energy into making the national team work and be effective at an international level and would not probably not want to quit until that goal has been achieved at least until the next World Cup in Russia. Whatever Klinsmann’s decision, the woes and uncertainty are bound to continue for both teams not matter the manager.
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