Klinsmann says he ended talks over US job
Juergen Klinsmann said he negotiated with the U.S. Soccer
Federation for nearly a month to become coach before ending talks
when the USSF wouldn’t put his authority in writing.
The USSF rehired Bob Bradley for a second four-year stint after
ending talks with Klinsmann, who coached Germany to a third-place
finish in the 2006 World Cup.
”We had conversations, maybe about three or four weeks period
of time, and very positive conversations. But we didn’t get it to a
positive ending because we couldn’t put into writing what we agreed
to verbally,” Klinsmann said during an interview broadcast Sunday
on the Kansas City Wizards’ pregame show.
”It’s obviously always about authority. When you have
conversations with a club team or a national team, it’s who has the
last word in what issues, and that’s where we couldn’t get into the
written terms,” Klinsmann said.
”Verbally we agreed on that the technical side is my side, and
I should have a 100 percent control of it. Written terms, they
couldn’t commit to it. At that point I said, ‘Well then, I can’t
get the job done because I have to have the last say as a head
coach for my entire staff, for all the players issues, for
everything that happens with the team.’ Unfortunately they couldn’t
commit to that, and that was basically the end of our talks, and
then they agreed then to continue with Bob as the head coach, and
that’s totally fine.”
Klinsmann also held talks with USSF president Sunil Gulati in
2006 but ended them when he wasn’t guaranteed access to top Major
League Soccer players for both the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa
America the following year.
In announcing the decision to rehire Bradley last month, Gulati
wouldn’t discuss whether he spoke with other candidates.