Big-time coach in hunt for Ange job

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - VAL MIGLIACCIO

JURGEN Klins­mann com­mis­sioned a close friend to scout the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing Soc­ceroos coach at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Rus­sia.

The 1990 West Ger­man World Cup win­ner has shown keen in­ter­est in be­ing the ideal men­tor for Aus­tralia.

The stick­ing point could be Klins­mann’s po­ten­tial salary.

It is un­der­stood Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia has put aside about $1.5 mil­lion per an­num for a Soc­ceroos boss while the Ger­man leg­end was earn­ing a re­ported $3.3 mil­lion base salary dur­ing his five-year stint as boss of the US.

Sources say Klins­mann, 53, made the in­quiry after Ange Postecoglou stepped down from the post last week after guid­ing Aus­tralia to its fourth con­sec­u­tive World Cup fol­low­ing its 3-0 ag­gre­gate win over Hon­duras in an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal play off.

One of Klins­mann’s good friends, who works closely with him in the game, phoned a for­mer Soc­ceroo quizzing him about the qual­ity of the ALeague, the strength of the na­tional team and the like­li­hood of Aus­tralia be­ing com­pet­i­tive at the World Cup in Rus­sia.

Sources say Klins­mann has likened the Aus­tralian gig to what he had been used to with the US na­tional team.

The Ger­man is un­der­stood to be very keen to lead the Soc­ceroos, given Aus­tralia has a very sim­i­lar sports land­scape to the US where the game is not the No.1 sport in terms of pop­u­lar­ity for TV rat­ings or among other spon­sor­ship medi­ums.

The Na­tional Foot­ball League, Ma­jor League Base­ball, the Na­tional Basketball As­so­ci­a­tion and the Na­tional Hockey League are in front of Ma­jor League Soc­cer in pop­u­lar­ity in the US just like Aussie Rules and rugby in Aus­tralia.

After guid­ing Ger­many to third place at their home World Cup in 2006 where Italy won the crown, Klins­mann coached Bay­ern Mu­nich in 2008 be­fore win­ning the US job in 2011.

He was in charge of the na­tional team for 98 matches — win­ning 55 games, los­ing 28 times — be­tween lead­ing the US to the round-of-16 at the Brazil World Cup in 2014.

He was sacked from the job in Novem­ber 2016 after a string of dis­ap­point­ing re­sults be­fore the US in­cred­i­bly failed to reach its sev­enth con­sec­u­tive World Cup un­der for­mer boss Bruce Arena this year.

IN­TER­EST: Jurgen Klins­mann

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