Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Return of the Klinsi

Well, that is an interesting hit on the news wire. Most unusual for US Soccer, and sure to cause all manner of barking in the bubble. I just wonder, does this mean he will definitely not be fired for a bad showing at World Cup next summer? Not that I would suggest it, but it is a new contractual position for the USMNT boss to be in.





- Greg Seltzer

10 comments:

Soccertes said...

Wow, this is something I never saw coming - at least on the coaching side. I did expect a Technical Director or similar appointment, but to re-up for Coach - and now - is remarkable. There are lots of inferences and implications we can draw from this decision, but what (strangely, perhaps) comes to mind for me is it removes some of the Klinsmann narrative from the WC and the tension that comes with it. Klinsi has US Soccer's vote of confidence for the long term, so we don't have to think about him being judged a bust if we fail to get out of the group. On the other hand, contract terms and actual terms often diverge, so we may have just created an alternate narrative of "if USA fail to advance, was the decision to re-hire him a collossal mistake?" or "Will US Soccer and Klinsi part ways instead" etc. Anyway, interesting development indeed.

downintexas said...

Since we are in the "Group of death" I'm more interested in how we play before passing judgement. But would have like to see some fresh blood.

Paul Poenicke said...

I think Soccertes has hit the nub. The important clause in the contract: the addition of technical director. I could see a scenario where the USMNT fails to advance in Brazil and looks awful on the pitch. Such a result would be horrid, to be sure, but it would not negate the real progress the program has made over the last WC qualifying cycle. Klinsmann's interest in developing the program, and generally promoting the game in the US, gives US Soccer a reason to keep him on as a director even if his coaching run ends poorly at the World Cup (and bad form in friendlies up to the WC). I am certainly in favor of keeping Klinsmann around for another cycle, though perhaps not as coach of the national team.

WonderKin said...

Why would US Soccer give up leverage from a business point of view?

Is this a "we're so happy with klinsi that we want to do some pre group of death damage control on our inevitable decision to retain him"

or

Did klinsi gain leverage of his own? Contract offer from 3rd party?

This situation is ripe for wild speculation.

John said...

Fantastic news! Having four more years to continuing taking U.S. soccer in the right direction.

John said...

@downintexas: No fresh blood is better than Klinsmann.

UnitedDemon said...

@John, Fresh blood is unfortunately a big asset when it comes to coaching successful national teams. There's the example of Bruce Arena, who worked wonders in 2002, but then lost momentum by the very end of the eight year process. Stagnation happens over eight years.

Then there's the dramatic example of Domenech and Lippi making the final with France and Italy, then getting clocked in the groupstage- with France and Italy, neither of them in groups of real difficulty.

I like JK, and I think he's done a lot of good, but I'd prefer if he took his act into an administrative position.

fwpeteo said...

The best year in US Soccer earned him the contract.

dikranovich said...

there are some pretty huge events that will take place between 2014 and 2018.

the centennial copa America, that should be a pretty big deal and hopefully, usa will be hosting. brasil Olympics, and a confederations cup earning gold cup.

coach klinsmann wants to be part of this.

John said...

@UnitedDemon: I know but just because it happened to those coaches it doesn't mean the same will happen to JK.