Fired USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann has spoken at length about his tenure in charge of the United States, calling his time as manager and technical director “incomplete.”
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, in his first interview since the decision to make the change to Bruce Arena, Klinsmann said that “I was not surprised” by the firing and that “we were let go because we lost two games,” referring to the pair of losses to Mexico and Costa Rica that leaves the United States bottom of the CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifying two matches in.
“In the professional world, you don’t have the right to put it that way,” Klinsmann said after being asked if he felt like he had enough time. “If the people that pay you, at the end of the day, think you lost two games and [they] decided to go in a new direction, you’ve got to give them the OK to do so.”
Despite being fired in relatively uncerimonious manner after 5-1/2 years in charge, Klinsmann says he thinks he had a lasting impact that will be noticed down the road. “We laid the ground for another generation of players,” he said. “But that cycle of players, they will need time to grow.”
“It was, in a way, an incomplete picture that was given,” Klinsmann said. “And you will never see if anything will be complete because it’s just kind of cut off. It just shows you how abrupt the business is. Incomplete may be the best word.”