Goal.com shared this tidbit from United States men’s national team camp on Monday, where Jurgen Klinsmann was asked about Bob Bradley’s assertion that the German was “jockeying” for the American job while Bradley was still in the manager’s chair.
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Klinsmann was reportedly offered the job in 2006 but couldn’t reach a salary agreement with U.S. Soccer. Bradley was then hired, and kept his job after the 2010 World Cup saw the Yanks advance to the Round of 16 before falling to Ghana.
Bradley was eventually let go after the 2011 World Cup.
“It’s simply not true,” Klinsmann said. “I could have taken the job in 2006, I could have taken it in 2010 and then we got together again in 2011 and we figured out a way to make this happen so I was not jockeying anything.”
Klinsmann’s response implies that he was offered the job before Bradley was extended by U.S. Soccer after the 2010 World Cup.
Bradley’s son, Michael, is also the captain of Klinsmann’s USMNT side, which means this could be dicey territory, even if the Bradleys operate on a high professional plane.