Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann

If you can’t get Jurgen Klopp, then it’s time to settle for the next best Jurgen around – former Tottenham and Germany diving-header extraordinaire, Jurgen Klinsmann.

The 49 year-old’s managerial experience at club level is exceptionally limited, having lasted less than a full campaign in the Bayern Munich dugout before an abrupt fall-out with the FCB boardroom.

Rather, Klinsmann’s healthy track record comes from the international scene; he guided Die Mannschaft to a World Cup semi-final in 2006, where they lost to eventual winners Italy, earning further acclaim for his utilisation of young players, after Germany’s old guard had been left humiliated from their showings at Euro 2004.

Indeed, in many ways, Klinsmann is the achitect of the modern Die Mannschaft clan; Joachim Lowe was his assistant, and ever since 2006, the German national team has been strongly geared towards promoting talented youngsters.

Likewise, since 2011, the former Stuttgart, Inter Milan, Monaco, Spurs, Bayern Munich and Sampdoria striker has been working with the USA team. In 2012, he helped The Yanks record their highest-ever win percentage in a calendar year, whilst most recently, Klinsmann has guided his side to World Cup qualification for the coming tournament in Brazil.

The German icon is clearly a talented manager, confident enough to make unpopular, but most importantly correct, decisions.

But having signed a new contract with the USA national team in December 2013, it appears Klinsmann, who currently resides in California, is still wrapped up in the American dream.