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Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by deuteronomy, Oct 15, 2013.
Cristian Nyari @Cnyari5m
Jürgen Klinsmann has emerged as a candidate to replace Ottmar Hitzfeld as Switzerland coach after the World Cup. Contract with US ends then
No idea why he would leave the US job to go manage Switzerland.
I think it's just a shortlist. We aren't 100% sure if USMNT will renew with Klinsmann. I think Klinsmann would renew in an instant but if it doesn't happen then he would consider Switzerland.
They have a lot of talent over there (more then us) so I can see it as an appealing job. But there are very few places in the world that would give Klinsmann the type of freedom and time on the job that he gets here.
I would grab that job in Switzerland if I were Klinsmann. He would have good continuity without missing a paycheck when his US tenure ends.
I'd say that we're at least on par in terms of talent, and I'm even more confident that we are a better team. I can't see why JK would want to go from a very strong U.S side to a historically-'meh' Swiss side that is being ranked freakishly high. Especially when we can pay him plenty and he's been living in SoCal for at least, what, 13 years?
I'm pretty sure he can find a team around the U.S., he doesn't need to move his already-settled family across the Atlantic.
I can see the Swiss job as having some unrealistically high expectations given their ridiculous current ranking. I wouldn't touch it with a 20 foot pole.
I could only see him coaching a power club in Europe or a country that has a true shot of winning the WC, like Spain, Italy, England, or Netherlands. His home is in the US and Germany, the offer would have to be to good to pass up for him to leave.
* England is a high profile job, not a contender to win a WC, IMO.
You really believe missing a paycheck is of any concern for him?
Hell if he still needs money then he is not as smart as I think he is.
This is also an initial watch. The Swiss know Klinsi is class and are keeping an eye on the guy. If the US gets to the Semi's, heck, I bet even England will namedrop Klinsi.
After all, what Klinsi has shown is the ability to take an already talented team (Germany, the USA) and squash out all the bad chemistry, and get them to play at an even higher level. So yeah, he's perfect for Switzerland. And yeah, he would be good for England or France (If they can get over the fact that he's German). Heck, he'd be great for Mexico, if Mexico didn't go through coaches like the cast of Girls goes through condoms.
Speaking of Mexico...Sven-Göran Eriksson bashes the Mexican NT setup (one gem: he had to personally meet Jorge Vergara to explain the 2009 "dos a cero") and says Gulati once recruited him for the USMNT.
I kinda cringed at that interview. I especially hate Chivas more than ever now. And it really does explain the dysfunction that is Mexico.
Also, yeah, SGE would have been a better choice than Bora.
SGE should have gone after Vergara's wife as revenge. It'd be just one more conquest to add to his lengthy resume, apparently detailed in his book...
In other CONCACAF tidbits, Eriksson reveals his frustration at U.S. Soccer playing that World Cup qualifier in a freezing Columbus, Ohio, but adds that Mexico also carried out such "dirty tricks," such as playing Canada in intense Chiapas heat in September 2008.
Sven, be lucky you weren't in Denver earlier this year. And, as it turned out, temps were in the 60's that night in Columbus. The only dirty trick about playing in Columbus is that its in the Mexicans heads about playing in Columbus.
Perhaps Mexico should arrange a non-assuming friendly vs. the US in Columbus and win on a late fluke goal to change their luck.
I'm guessing this is not the Vergara you are looking for:
he is a can
He is a candidate to coach my weekend team also. Neither is likely to happen.
Player/coach? U might be on to something. Just go ahead and pencil Jay in.
Who? to me it looks close to a wash.. Maybe I am missing something
Eh, this is only in the event US Soccer doesn't renew Jürgen's contract post-WC.
More information on the Swiss rumor:
Blick reported that the ASF-SFV’s shortlist also includes former Tottenham Hostpur and VfB Stuttgart coach Christain Gross, who’s unattached after spending the 2011-12 season with Bern’s Young Boys; Thorsten Fink, who was fired by Hamburger SV in September; Switzerland U-21 coach Pierluigi Tami; current Lazio manager Vladimir Petkovic, a naturalized Swiss citizen; and Swiss native and former Italian national team midfielder Roberto Di Matteo, who managed Chelsea to the Champions League crown in 2012.
Germany’s Bild quoted Klinsmann as saying that he recently has received “several inquiries” from European clubs and federations, which he called a “wonderful acknowledgement of our work here in the U.S.” He added that he is “completely focused on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil so we can take the United States another big step forward.”
Bild called a Klinsmann-Switzerland partnership “unlikely” and “probably just a dream” because of the resources Klinsmann has at his disposal in the U.S. and because of his home in California, where he has lived for 15 years.
It doesn't seem likely to me that either side will want to dissolve this relationship at the end of next summer should all go reasonably well in Brazil. I have mixed feelings about that, but in all honesty, I doubt that there's an American coach ready to pick up the reins at this point and perform at quite the same level as Klinsmann has this year, and most well-known foreign coaches who might throw their hat in the ring would each come with a set of challenges of their own. Of course a lot will be much clearer after the World Cup (including just how we fared and what the state of Klinsmann is, and who else is available and interested), but Klinsmann continuing is not only plausible. It seems to make some sense.
I don't have a portal into Klinsmann's head, but I imagine that the Swiss job wouldn't be attractive enough to entice him away from his current job with the US unless it was a question of a whole lot of money, of course. Even then, I'm not sure that Klinsi wants to walk away from a job he's clearly enjoying for more money. I take it that money is not a particularly big issue for the Klinsmann family.
He and his family live here by choice for non-soccer reasons, and he evidently enjoys his lifestyle here. He is paid well. He gets a rather unique opportunity to have a hand in (and get a lot of credit for) streamlining a team/nation with a lot in the way of potential and resources but without a long track record of success. His successes here will be magnified in a lot of ways; I imagine that in much of the world, he would get a lot of credit as "the guy who finally turned the United States into a footballing powerhouse," if all goes well.
If things are continuing to go well, I don't imagine he'd want to walk away from that for a couple million more.
We should decline and move on. Matter of fact I'd take the straight swap and convince Hitzfield to take the job or lure Heynkes out of retirement. Since apparently we handed the German Federation the club. That was bad business.
Should've made a deal with a capitalistic New Worlder not the guy with the strong bank who's never seen naval warfare in his chess game. Bad business.
On the personnel side let's see what great things Klinsi has done:
The bolded players are left overs from Sweats Bradley's tenure. Only two of them are under 30. Suppose the 3 field players over 30 cant go next year - fully or "partially" - who do you see as our team, using players JK has called up, no "experiments"?
Or maybe, dear reader, you have no absolute desire to continue with this exercise. Well, maybe you should because I have watched Dono and Dempsey lately and they can play but they look older than DiVaio, if u ask me, and Jones has knee problems that require surgery.