Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed that he has spoken to Daniel Levy with regards to becoming the new Tottenham manager.
The Lowdown: Managerial search continues
Although it has now been seven weeks since Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties at Tottenham, Levy is yet to secure a deal for the 58-year-old’s replacement.
Antonio Conte appared to be in pole position to take the reins in north London, but a deal for the Italian fell through (The Guardian).
The Latest: Klinsmann confirms Levy talk
Klinsmann, who played for Tottenham during the 1990s, has now revealed that he had a telephone conversation with Levy with regards to taking over from Mourinho. He told ESPN:
“When Spurs let go Mourinho, I had a quick phone call with Daniel Levy and he said ‘let’s see down the road what happens’, he has to clarify a lot of things. Since then I’ve had no contact anymore with Spurs. Tottenham is Tottenham, you would always listen to that situation, and for me, obviously, Tottenham is a lot more.”
The Verdict: Don’t let sentiment get in the way
Klinsmann played for Tottenham for two years across two spells and did quite well – he managed 29 goals in 56 Premier League appearances for the Lilywhites (premierleague.com). However, his managerial record leaves a lot to be desired since he retired from playing.
Would you want Klinsmann as manager?
The 56-year-old started out as the manager of Germany, and he did lead them to the 2006 World Cup semi-finals. However, he lasted less than a year at Bayern Munich before he was sacked, while short spells at Toronto FC and Hertha Berlin sandwiched his time with the USA national side (Transfermarkt).
While the Americans reached the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup, they failed to even participate at the next edition after a poor qualifying run for which Klinsmann was largely responsible.
Is this really the man Tottenham want to become their next manager?
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