Tottenham Hotspur are in hot pursuit of a new manager, after parting ways with Tim Sherwood shortly after the Premier League season ended. But the man many thought would be in charge of Spurs next season says the club haven’t been in touch in weeks.
Back in April, when Sherwood was still on the bench, Frank de Boer, who’d turned down the chance to speak with Tottenham after André Villas-Boas was sacked, said that the club had been in touch. Apparently Spurs had contacted Ajax, asking about the ability of their manager.
But now it’s almost June, and Spurs haven’t followed up on their promise to call. No letter, no email, no nothing – neither de Boer or Ajax have heard a word. De Boer said that he doesn’t know if Spurs will be in touch, but that he’s happy at Ajax.
If not the Ajax manager, then who? There’s a long list of coaches hanging out in the unemployment lines right now: David Moyes, most recently at Manchester United; Michael Laudrup, sacked from Swansea in February; and Neil Lennon, who left Celtic earlier this week.
Apparently, bringing in someone unattached isn’t in Tottenham’s game plan. Perhaps Daniel Levy thinks it screams of failure, and would instead like to woo his ninth manager away from a team. After all, Villas-Boas was without a job when Spurs brought him in, and look how well that turned out.
Really, though, it’s likely de Boer hasn’t been contacted because Spurs have their eyes set on one man. It makes most sense that the club will wait to see how negotiations with Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino pan out before determining if they need to move on to any other candidates.
It isn’t Dortmund, but that’s a good thing for Liverpool.
Our own Joe Prince-Wright was on the scene for Jurgen Klopp’s unveiling as the latest Reds manager, and the 48-year-old German had a lot to say.
Perhaps most poignant for Liverpool fans are Klopp’s words on the talent he inherits from Brendan Rodgers. Sure there are quips that will hit the headlines, but how about Klopp’s assertion that success shouldn’t take nearly as long as his dramatic work at BVB.
From JPW on Merseyside:
“We did in Dortmund what we had to do, to improve the players, to work for a common idea of play. That is what we did and its the same thing we want to do here. They are not the same players of course,” Klopp told NBC Sports ProSoccerTalk. “These players from Liverpool are better, more experienced in some ways and younger in other cases. Everything is okay, I am here. I am not here only because LFC was calling. I believe in the potential of this team. Four or five strikers you can work with when they are not injured, midfielders is really good, defenders experienced and very young, goalkeeper is really good. Everything is there.”
Everything. A powerful word and one that doesn’t get lost in translation. Liverpool has a batch of world class talent, and Klopp’s is anxious to organize it in world class fashion. Strap in, Anfield.
So here we go: the biggest rivalry in U.S. Soccer, the one that sends fans racing for the stadia for a glimpse of history.
It’s the U.S. and Mexico for the right to go to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, and it will play out at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.
National pride is on the line, and national jobs may rightly be in jeopardy. Let’s swing through our coverage, and what’s at stake in just over 24 hours time.
Who is the key to Saturday’s match? Is it Michael Bradley? Fabian Johnson? Andres Guardado? Will Klinsmann opt for players with Liga MX experience, stay Euro Heavy, or appease the domestic set? Read more here.
So how will Klinsmann line ’em up? JPW has his preference, some options, and a prediction of what the manager will do.
What are the chances this one finds its way into the upper echelon of matches in the Mexico/U.S. rivalry? This is the company it could join.
The folks in the anti-Klinsmann brigade seethe with pure detestation of the USMNT boss. Any quote from him is self-serving and dishonest, any success accidental. Beat Germany or the Netherlands in friendlies on the road? Coincidental and Unimportant. Lose a friendly to Brazil? The worst thing ever.
[ MORE: The case for firing Klinsmann after a loss ]
So this match, being meaningful and testing his unbeaten mark vs Mexico, is going to be a clarion call for U.S. Soccer fans. Barring a cataclysmic loss in horrific blowout fashion, he won’t be canned. But a win will be validation for his supporters while a loss would cue a genuine hot seat. And for his detractors, already foaming at the mouth from the words of icon Landon Donovan? Kablammo.