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July 8, 2016
Report: Klinsmann in discussions to become England coach

Jurgen Klinsmann reportedly is in discussions to coach the English national team.
Jurgen Klinsmann reportedly is in discussions to coach the English national team.
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U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann is believed to be talking with the English Football Association over becoming coach of the England national side, The Guardian reported Friday.

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff told the English newspaper that he thinks the German World Cup winner is in discussions with the organization to take over the job after Roy Hodgson resigned last week in wake of his team's elimination from Euro 2016 by Iceland in France.

Bierhoff was talking about how Germany decided to change its player development ideas to develop younger players after its failure at Euro 2000.

"We invested a lot in the infrastructure and the education of young players and coaches, so now we have a lot of talented players and the Bundesliga is investing in young players," Bierhoff told the newspaper.

“Perhaps it is an advantage that good players go to England and other countries, so our clubs have to bring other players through. But since the arrival of Jurgen Klinsmann – who I think is in discussions with England – we have also given the national team a certain pride, atmosphere and organization. The success of the story is the high quality but also the good organization and good atmosphere we have in the group.”

Bierhoff endorsed his friend Klinsmann, who played at Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League from 1994-95 and 1997-98.

“He would be a good fit," he was quoted by The Guardian. "We started in 2004 together and he’s not always, how can I say, nice to handle because he wants to change [things]. But he brings motivation. He has the courage to make difficult decisions and, perhaps, you need something like this.”

Klinsmann has endured a rocky road since he took over the U.S.A reigns from Bob Bradley in 2011. He did direct the Americans into the 2014 World Cup, where they reached the Round of 16.

But he has been under criticism due his multiple lineup changes from game to game. The last 12 months was probably his must difficult part of his five-year coaching tenure. Last summer the USA finished fourth at the CONCACAF Gold Cup and failed to beat Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup as El Tri clinched at spot at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

The USA bounced back by finishing fourth at Copa America Centenario, tying the Americans' best finish (they took fourth place at the 1995 tournament).

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