Brad keen on Klinsmann
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Blackburn keeper Brad Friedel is leading the calls for Jurgen Klinsmann to be appointed as the next USA manager, insisting the potential union would make sense as the German currently lives in the North American country.
Klinsmann is mulling over his future after stepping down as manager of Germany following their victory in the World Cup third place play-off, whilst The Stars and Stripes need a replacement for Bruce Arena as his contract was not extended.
Despite Klinsmann's side's inability to push on and win in their home country, the World Cup was a resounding success for a coach who was under considerable pressure before the tournament started due to his decision to keep living in California.
The former Footballer of the Year was lauded as a hero after producing a vibrant team full of attacking intent, and now USA are keen to harness his fledgling talents to help the country become a superpower in world football.
Stars and Stripes keeper Friedel would be delighted to see Klinsmann handed the role, insisting the German's place of residence means such a move would make clear sense.
"Jurgen Klinsmann is well in the frame," Friedel told The Daily Star.
"He will be in the top three of the people they will talk to.
"He lives in California, he's married to an American and the home of the national team is L.A. It makes sense.
"He definitely had a plan with Germany and they were uncharacteristic, a breath of fresh air for a German side.
"I don't have a say but Jurgen would get my vote.
"He's shown he's capable of doing a good job under much more pressure than he'll get with The States.
"You have a two-year base because there is no European Championship to think about.
"It's a manager's dream to have two years to build a team, in Europe you get about two minutes."