Speaking to BBC during their live Euro 2020 coverage, former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jurgen Klinsmann lifted the lid on contact he had with chairman Daniel Levy whilst claiming that he would ‘absolutely’ be open to the managerial role at the club.
The Lowdown: Spurs still searching…
Tottenham are still in the hunt for a new manager more than two months after sacking Jose Mourinho, with many candidates coming and going since late April.
Levy has been scouring the managerial market in search of someone who can start a new era at Tottenham, and at many points over these last few weeks, Spurs looked to be getting closer to finding their man.
However, talks with Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso all failed to amount to an appointment, with no end seemingly in sight.
The Latest: Klinsmann puts name forward…
Speaking to the BBC, Klinsmann openly put his hat in the ring for the job, claiming that he would ‘absolutely’ take the job at Tottenham.
The 56-year-old also revealed that he had a phone call with Levy just after Tottenham sacked Mourinho.
“Absolutely would I consider that, but if he doesn’t want to I cannot force it,” Klinsmann explained when asked about the Spurs job.
“I called him [Levy] after he let Mourinho go. I said ‘Daniel, what’s the case now?’ and he said ‘I have so much to do right now, I have to sort things out at the club and let’s talk later on’.
“Then I saw all the different names walking in and talking and walking out. And the same still.”
The Verdict: Not what Tottenham need…
Klinsmann’s managerial record at club level is, to put it lightly, pretty mixed. The German’s last job at Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga ended rather unceremoniously with his resignation after just 76 days in charge.
Indeed, before he departed, Klinsmann all but promised to transform Hertha into a European powerhouse, only to quit the post very soon after his appointment. Before that, his stint as coach of the USA international team ended with him being shown the door after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup (New York Times).
His record isn’t exactly glittering and it’s arguable that more difficult candidates to entice, like Erik ten Hag for one, are worth the extra effort.
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