The intrigue surrounding David Moyes’ successor as Everton manager continues, with Jurgen Klinsmann – now 7/1 in the betting – the latest man to come in for substantial market support, following similar plunges on Celtic’s Neil Lennon, Toffees under-21 coach Alan Stubbs and Wigan’s Roberto Martinez.
Whilst the idea of appointing a new puppet master with a sum total of less than a season in club management may terrify Liverpudlians of a blue persuasion, there are reasons to believe the German could have plenty to offer at Goodison Park.
Moyes’ success at Everton is commonly attributed to the devotion he’s shown to instilling his own footballing philosophies at all levels within the club and as a result appointing a new coach with a similarly all-encompassing approach to management is seen as a priority.
A glance at Klinsmann’s managerial CV might suggest cause for concern with a view to him taking over at Goodison, with one season at Bayern Munich – in which he was sacked five games from the end of the campaign – his only experience of day-to-day club management.
However his first role – as head coach of the German national team – saw him spearhead a reshaping of playing staff and footballing philosophy that his country are still reaping the benefits of now.
Klinsmann took over Die Nationalmannschaft in the wake of a disastrous Euro 2004, in which an ageing squad met their nadir with a 0-0 draw against Latvia on their way to a group stage exit.
Over the next two years he withstood heavy criticism for poor results as he remoulded the core of his team to incorporate the glittering generation – including the likes of Phillipe Lahm, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira – that have since reinvigorated German football.
This remoulding process culminated in a 2006 World Cup performance that was as impressive as it was (at the time) unexpected.
As head honcho of the USA national side Klinsmann has continued to find success, coaching them to the best year-long wins-to-games ratio in their history.
There are valid questions about his longevity given he has yet to last longer than two years in any post and combined with the fact that he’s in the past proven unwilling to relocate his family from California, there may be other candidates who are able to lavish more devotion to the Toffees cause.
Nonetheless Klinsmann’s experience of promoting talent from within – after all you can’t buy in players at international level – would stand him in good stead at cash-strapped Everton and he may represent a strong short-term solution.
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