USA vs. Mexico could have turned into an epic battle of Germans coach over the next few years, but it seems like that notion has been nipped in the bud.
Jurgen Klopp, currently on a self-imposed sabbatical after leaving Borrusia Dortmund last season, was offered the chance to coach the Mexican national team but turned it down.
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Imagine that, Klopp vs. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann at the Azteca or in Columbus? Magic. Unfortunately, that seems like a pipe dream given Klopp’s apparent dismissal of an offer from El Tri but it does point to the caliber of coach the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) is trying to hire.
Speaking on TV Azteca show Marcaje Personal, Guillermo Cantu, the secretary general of the FMF, revealed that Klopp rejected the chance to coach Mexico.
“We sought him out through his agent, but he told us it would not be possible because he wants to continue to take a break for right now,” Cantu said.
Klopp, 48, seems to be keeping his options open after leaving Dortmund at the end of last season following a hugely successful seven seasons in charge of the Bundesliga outfit. He won two Bundesliga titles, reached a UEFA Champions League final and won the German Cup.
The hugely passionate coach has recently been linked with the managers job at clubs like Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Arsenal, so perhaps it was a long shot for Mexico, but again, it shows El Tri are shooting for the stars when it comes to finding a long-term replacement for Miguel Herrera. Of course, expensive foreign coaches in the past haven’t always worked out for Mexico (see: Sven-Goran Eriksson) but Klopp is one of the most highly-regarded coaches in the European game right now.
Of course, Mexico find themselves in this situation after Herrera was fired following an alleged incident with a journalist at Philadelphia Airport, less than 48 hours after he led Mexico to the 2015 Gold Cup title. Ricardo Ferretti is currently in charge of Mexico on an interim basis as the Tigres coach is doing double duty.
El Tri square off against the USA on Oct. 10 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in a one-off playoff game for the right to represent CONCACAF at the 2017 Confederations Cup.