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Next England manager: How sudden Klinsmann availability complicates things

Jamie Clark | 24 November 2016

Could Klinsmann cull by USA scupper Southgate?

On the day interim boss Gareth Southgate was interviewed by a five-man FA panel to take on the role of next England manager permanently, he seemed to be the only candidate.

That was before Jurgen Klinsmann became available, however, as news filtered from across the pond that the USA sacked him after five years in charge of their national team. The German ex-Tottenham striker and former Bayern Munich boss has been linked with the Three Lions this year.

What does this mean for next England manager tips? Coral football experts assess the state of the market and what Klinsmann offers that Southgate and others don’t in detail…

Next England manager tips: Klinsmann odds a massive market mover

Around the time Southgate’s interview was complete on Monday, November 21, Klinsmann was as big as 20/1 to be named next permanent boss of the Three Lions.

Jurgen Klinsmann odds tick a lot of boxes for next England manager tips.

Jurgen Klinsmann odds tick a lot of boxes for next England manager tips.

While interim manager Southgate is still a strong 1/16 favourite, Klinsmann odds were then slashed by three-quarters overnight into 5/1 after the USA axed him.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remains best of the rest at 14/1, with the long-serving Frenchman out of contract at the Gunners this coming summer. It’s 20/1 bar those.

International experience appealing

So, what has prompted this massive shift in Klinsmann odds? Well, across spells coaching his native Germany (2004-06) and the USA (2011-16) he has managed national teams for a whopping 132 matches.

To put that in perspective, it’s 33 times more international experience than Southgate’s four games in charge of the senior England setup. Even if you add in his 34 matches coaching the Under-21s, he can’t even boast a third of Klinsmann’s tally.

Gareth Southgate had his interview for the England job on a permanent basis, so remains favourite at this stage.

Gareth Southgate had his interview for the England job on a permanent basis, so remains favourite at this stage.

While Southgate steered the Young Lions to the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship where they finished bottom of their group, Klinsmann has six senior international tournaments as a manager under his belt.

Taking both Die Mannschaft (third place, 2006) and the Stars and Stripes (last 16 and eliminated in extra time, 2014) to World Cups, Klinsmann has made the semi-finals or better at all but one of those tournaments.

It may have been a decade ago, but his Germany side lit up the World Cup on home soil with a string of spectacular goals. Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger effectively launched their subsequently stellar careers on the international stage courtesy of Klinsmann.

Getting the best out of attacking talents

Another attractive quality about ex-Spurs striker Klinsmann is not only his knowledge of the English game, but an uncanny knack to squeeze the most out of strikers on international duty.

If Klinsmann can get the best out of former Premier League flop Jozy Altidore, then surely the England job won't faze him.

If Klinsmann can get the best out of former Premier League flop Jozy Altidore, then surely the England job won’t faze him.

Take Jozy Altidore, for example. In Premier League stints with Hull City (2009/10) and Sunderland (2013-15), he could barely hit a barn door with a banjo based on a paltry two in 70, yet he scored 25 international goals in 60 USA caps for Klinsmann.

He was also bold enough to integrate young Bundesliga-based forwards Julian Green and Christian Pulisic into the Stars and Stripes setup, taking the former to the World Cup in Brazil.

England are still searching for ways to get maximum end product from Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Dele Alli when all are fit. Could Klinsmann be a better judge of how to do that than Southgate?

Now he’s available, it’d be irresponsible of the FA not to explore the option. Klinsmann has more experience both in preparing teams for tournaments and international management generally, and is clearly a superb motivator.

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