How about Klinsmann as a manager? He is a lot better than some of the clowns on offer
By Don Scully
Our former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jurgen Klinsmann says he has called chairman Daniel Levy about the vacant manager’s job and would “absolutely” take it if offered it. However, and going by all the managers’ Levy is going through, he seems to want somebody who he can manipulate, and the question is, does Klinsmann fit the build? I always thought Klinsmann was his own man, unless he has got desperate?
We sacked Jose Mourinho on 19 April but have endured a disorganized search for a replacement. We’ve had talks with Paulo Fonseca, which ended on Thursday and Gennaro Gattuso, who was also considered, then unconsidered because of supporters protests. Before that, Levy had been in advanced talks with former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte while also trying to persuade Mauricio Pochettino to leave his role at Paris St-Germain.
Klinsmann said on Live TV (BBC Sport), “Spurs is still in my heart.” If that isn’t a hint enough, then I don’t know what is. But, desperation or not, Levy should put some of those clowns to one side and seriously think about Klinsmann.
Jurgen was asked by Gary Lineker during the BBC’s Euro 2020 coverage on Friday if he would like the job, in which he replied: “Absolutely would I consider that, but if he doesn’t want to, I cannot force it.”
Klinsmann, who is now 56-year-old, had two spells with us, winning the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year award in 1994-95 after scoring 30 goals in all competitions that season. During the 1997-98 campaign, he returned to the club and scored nine goals in 15 games to help Spurs avoid relegation. This might come in handy for this up and coming season if he was still a player; god knows where we will end up if Levy gets his way and picks up one of his clowns for the job.
Klinsmann won the World Cup 1990 and Euro 96 as a player with his country and led Germany to the World Cup semi-finals as a manager in 2006. An impressive record. He also spent five years as manager of the United States team and has also had spells in charge of Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin.
“I called him [Levy] after he let Mourinho go,” added Klinsmann. “I said, ‘Daniel, what’s the case now?’ and he said, ‘I have so much to do right now, I have to sort things out at the club and let’s talk later on. Then I saw all the different names walking in and talking and walking out. And the same still.”
TV presenter and ex-Spurs player Gary Lineker has given his backing to Jurgen Klinsmann to become our club’s new head coach. Lineker took to Twitter to admit that Klinsmann would be a fantastic appointment.
My opinion on Klinsmann
We have had ex-players take charge of Spurs before, the most famous being Bill Nicholson, but we’ve also had some letdowns, Ossie Ardiles and Glenn Hoddle, among a few others. However, I would prefer Klinsmann to some of the jokers mentioned, such as Gennaro Gattuso, who now has been accused of all sorts of things (about comments on women, gays, etc.)
Klinsmann is an icon at our club following his playing career, however, I would be concerned with him managing us while we have a clown who would try to overshadow him. But then again, Levy will try to manipulate anybody who ends up driving the team.
Don’t get me wrong about Levy; he is a good businessman where business is concerned. Just look at our new stadium and training academy and the other work he has planned for us. Full marks, but as a football club chairman, he doesn’t know his arse from his elbow. All Levy is is an overgrown supporter who has managed to get the keys to the family sweet shop and has gone berserk.
The reason why Levy hasn’t managed to win a trophy (sorry, more than one trophy) in twenty years is because he never gives his managers a chance and fires them or picks duds. He won’t compete with the likes of Chelsea, United, City or Liverpool… I haven’t mentioned the Gooners because they are even worse than us. But at least they did win trophies while Levy has been lording it over us (in the early days).
To be honest, the only way I can see us getting out of this mess is if Joe Lewis sells up and Levy is kicked out. Where our football is concerned, Levy is the problem, and when you have a problem, the first thing to do is eliminate it.
Take this latest fiasco. It all started with Pochettino going to Levy and saying that the team needs an overhaul, which we all could see, but what did Levy do? Sack him and replace him with another, who he then sacked within 17months. But instead of learning lessons from his cockups and employing an ambitious manager, he is looking for cheap and cheerful and hopes we slide up the ladder. Any fool will know that it is downwards, not upwards, if any sliding is to be done.
Levy brought in Fabio Paratici to take over from him and deal with football matters, but he has already overruled him where one of the possible managers was concerned. Can you imagine Levy giving any manager free control? Of course not. He wants an arse licker who he can control. I dread this coming season with him in control… but, saying that he has his supporters, but like all clubs, there are lunatic fringes that are so dewy-eyed that they can’t see beyond the cock in the cockerel. And a flaccid cock, at that. What our club needs is some viagra to give us a boost.
By Don Scully
I have been following Spurs since the sixties and work in London. My current job is as a professional writer (working in the media), and I have work connections to the club and had previously worked for them. Including working at the old White Hart Lane stadium.
I also have my own blog and have written for the SpursWeb app & its website.