Okay, maybe not every single English fan wants to see Jurgen Klinsmann standing on the sidelines at Wembley belting out “God Save the Queen”… but one columnist has sparked plenty of debate over the USA’s head coach.
In a column titled “USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann should leave the United States and become England manager,” Telegraph reporter Luke Edwards is remarkably positive about Klinsmann’s approach and what he has brought to the U.S. national team.
Within the first three paragraphs of this piece Edwards throws out a statement that will but bring a wry smile to the faces American soccer fans but infuriate them in the same instance.
“Is it now time for the English to recognise that America are just another football nation who have evolved into a better national team than ours?”
Many fans of the U.S. would argue their nation surpassed the English national team as a force many moons ago and are well ahead of the “motherland” in terms of the strength of their national team. Thoughts?
On the latest showing in the World Cup, it is hard to disagree that the U.S. are now stronger than England. But what about Klinsmann?
According to this article he should be a leading candidate to replace Roy Hodgson if England fail to impress at the 2016 European Championships, if they qualify, due to his track record of “making national teams perform better than the individuals within it.” That could be argued for both of Klinsmann’s coaching stings with the U.S. and Germany. Touche.
However, with Klinsmann happily settled in California and locking down his long-term deal with U.S. soccer in a head coach and technical development role, the thought of him leaving the U.S. for England is laughable.
Klinsmann often divides opinion among the U.S. community but after his team’s efforts in the 2014 World Cup, it is clear things are heading in the right direction.
The same can’t be said for the English national team…