Big-time coach in hunt for Ange job
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