Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher said that the England national team will be better off with a foreign coach like former Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann, rather than an Englishman.
England had to endure yet another disappointing campaign at a major international tournament after having crashed out in the round of 16 stage of the 2016 European Championships in France earlier this week. To compound their miseries, England suffered a humiliating 2-1 defeat at the hands of Iceland, a team ranked 23 places below them in the FIFA rankings.
Carragher said that ideally it should be an Englishman who should lead the national team. However, he added that he would not be surprised if the Football Association decided to look outside England for their next head coach.
“My own view is that international football should be about the best in your country against the best of someone else’s, so I had always favoured an Englishman but there can be no complaints if the FA look to a foreign coach,” wrote Carragher in his column in the Daily Mail.
The former Liverpool and England centre-back also went on to suggest that former Germany and current USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann would be the perfect man to take over the England job.
“With that in mind, I wouldn’t knock the idea of appointing Jurgen Klinsmann, who has been to a World Cup semi-final with Germany, a Copa America semi-final with the United States and knows our game,” wrote Carragher.
Does Klinsmann have what it takes?
Jurgen Klinsmann is just the kind of high-profile name the FA would be looking to sign as the next England head coach. Having tasted success in the 1990 World Cup and the 1996 European Championship with Die Mannschaft, the ex-Germany striker knows exactly what it takes to win big international tournaments.
The 51-year-old also has a lot of experience in top-level football management having coached the German national team to a bronze medal finish in the 2006 World Cup. He had also managed to lead German giants Bayern Munich to a second place finish in the Bundesliga in the 2008/09 season, while helping the Bavarians to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, where they lost to eventual champions Barcelona.
His five-year stint as the head coach of the USA national team is largely considered as successful. He has been able to mould the Americans into a decent footballing unit. He has even managed to lead USA to the semi-finals of the 2016 Copa America.
Having played for Tottenham Hotspur for a couple of seasons (1994/95 and 1997/98), Klinsmann also has some experience with English football. With his blend of knowledge in both international and English football, Klinsmann might just be the perfect man to take over the England job.