Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Waiting for Klinsmann

Klinsmann story updated here.

If the US could get J├╝rgen Klinsmann as coach, but not till 2008, should they go for it? Jack Bell of the New York Times seems to think it not only is a good idea, but that it might just be the way Sunil Gulati is heading.

If Gulati and United States officials have their hearts set on hiring Klinsmann, one solution may be to name an interim coach. Klinsmann is known to be close with Sigi Schmid, a native of Germany. Schmid has coached United States youth international teams and the Los Angeles Galaxy, and he is the current coach of the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.

However, this theory seems to go against what Andrea Canalas reported on ESPN yesterday concerning a Klinsmann hire:

However, Klinsmann might need more of a break to recover from the stress of his Germany coaching tenure, and Gulati has no interest in a delayed start or a "caretaker coach" for his pick.

The idea of a 'caretaker' has come up before, but I don't think it makes sense for the team. Any foreign coach, including Klinsmann, is going to need more then a couple years to put his team together before the World Cup. Yes, the idea of getting a Klinsmann or Luiz Felipe Scolari or even Guss Hiddink (he is only signed with Russia till 2008), is tempting, but might not be in our best interest. In addition, any short-term coach would have very little power to influence change in the USSF.

One thing about Sigi Schmid, he is a good coach, but his announcement would not bring around much excitement in the press. I know the press should have very little impact on what Gulati decides to do, however, how many times will we see 'current coach of the worse team in MLS, the Columbus Crew...' or something like that in print?

It will be interesting to see if more 'it might not be Klinsmann' articles start to appear. If they do, it might be USSF lowering the expectations game.



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