Klinsmann 'ready for talks' over Spurs job.

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[FONT=Geneva,Arial,sans-serif] Duncan Castles
Sunday October 14, 2007
The Observer


[/FONT] Jurgen Klinsmann is ready to replace Martin Jol as manager of Tottenham Hotspur if he receives assurances about the club's future ownership. Germany's 2006 World Cup coach is seeking the right opening to begin his career in club management and believes his former club could provide it.Klinsmann, however, is concerned about majority shareholder Enic's plans to sell the club and last week attempted to contact the investment group's principal investor, Joe Lewis, to ascertain his exact intentions.



The German would manage Tottenham if Lewis gives him an undertaking that he will not permit a takeover inside the next three years. Alternatively, if Enic were prepared to hand over ownership of the company in the near future Klinsmann is ready to enter into discussions with the new owners to see if he could work with him.
Tottenham have been unofficially on the market since last season and the club has met with at least one consortium of foreign investors to discuss a takeover. Enic, which is co-owned by Joe Lewis and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, holds more than 82 per cent of the fully diluted capital of Tottenham.
Accounting for its complex structure of ordinary and preference shares, the club's current stock market value is over £250m, though Enic's asking price now stands nearer to £450m. Lewis and Levy's strategy for achieving that price involves accessing the substantial extra revenues that come with Champions League football and securing permission to build a 50,000-plus stadium with matchday revenues comparable to Arsenal's new development at Ashburton Grove. Tottenham's stated target of qualifying for Europe's premier club competition this season explains much of the pressure on current manager Martin Jol and the club's recent failed attempts to replace him.
In August, Levy travelled to Spain with directors Paul Kemsley and Damien Comolli and club secretary John Alexander to offer Jol's job to Juande Ramos. The Sevilla coach rejected that and a subsequent offer, which he has told friends was worth €9m per annum. Last month, Spurs approached Jose Mourinho within 24 hours of his forced departure from Chelsea, only to be informed that the Portuguese had agreed a severance package preventing him coaching an English club side this season.
Jol remains as manager, though few expect him to still hold the position next season regardless of Levy's subsequent public statements of support. The Dutchman's authority has also been undermined by Tottenham's transfer policy, which has seen Comolli and Levy force players such as Darren Bent, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Younes Kaboul on him while failing to provide the left winger and defensive midfielder he had requested.
In addition to demanding assurances about the club's ownership, Klinsmann would not be prepared to work under such a regime. The German received total control over his technical staff, training methods and national team's preparations for the World Cup finals and would demand equivalent working conditions at White Hart Lane. In return he is prepared to move himself and his family from California to England, rather than to live part-time in the United States as he did while Germany coach.
Klinsmann, 43, has so far proved unwilling to compromise in his search for a first manager's position in club football. Last season he was one of several marketable young coaches sounded out by Chelsea as a potential replacement for Mourinho. During one meeting with Chelsea officials in Los Angeles he told Avram Grant, due to be appointed the club's director of football, that he would not be prepared to work with him. Grant was ultimately made Chelsea manager upon Mourinho's dismissal.
'You want to work with the right people at the right place for the right purpose,' Klinsmann said in a recent interview. 'It is not hard to turn things down if people don't share the same perspective, ambition, philosophy. As manager, you will get fired sooner or later so you should be in charge of everyone involved with football: the players, coaches, staff. You are on a lost track already if the president chooses the players or you don't have that power. If you are not given all the tools, don't do it.'
Grant's standing at Chelsea, meanwhile, has been brought into question again after it emerged that he named a team with only 10 players in it for his first match in charge. Mourinho's replacement as manager has been undermined by dressing-room dismay over his training methods and track record. His failure to obtain Uefa-equivalent coaching qualifications has led to Chelsea appointing Henk ten Cate as 'assistant first-team coach'.
In a team meeting before Chelsea's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United three weeks ago, Grant named a line-up with just 10 men. According to a dressing-room source, the manager then described the team's formation as '4-4-1'.
Although club captain John Terry lauded Grant as 'definitely the man for the future' last week, the reaction of the majority of his team-mates has been less enthusiastic. One senior player has said that 'Grant does not have the quality to coach a team like this', others are seriously considering their future at the club. The upset of some is such that they have contacted Mourinho and his paid- off assistants to complain about the new manager, having to be urged by the Portuguese not to damage their own careers by failing to contribute wholeheartedly.
Unsettled by the new regime himself, assistant coach Steve Clarke has been credited with keeping the team together on the field and retaining a level of quality at training sessions.


3 thoughts on this:
1) That's a lot of money for Ramos. Mourinho was supposed to be the highest paid manager on 10.1m Euros, then SAF at 6.1, and Ramos would be well above that. I find the figure here a bit hard to believe.
2)I think Klinsmann would be a good choice to take us forward. Given the attacking mindset and his stature with the club, I think he would be my pick.
3) Chelsea is looking awful stupid now, aren't they?
 
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While there may be a hint of truth in the whole Klinsmann thing, this particular article is complete shit. It's not even newsworthy, it's a rehash of stories from the last few weeks. It really is a lot of garbage to fill up space.

No quotes, no nothing. Just bollocks.
 

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A non-starter if "Der Diver" won't compromise with a DOF. Commolli wouldn't sanction it if he felt Klinnsmann was not fully on board with the set-up.

Anyway, this is a rugby w/e. Get this dross out of the papers!!
 

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A non-starter if "Der Diver" won't compromise with a DOF. Commolli wouldn't sanction it if he felt Klinnsmann was not fully on board with the set-up.

Anyway, this is a rugby w/e. Get this dross out of the papers!!
You are on the wrong site mate, the last time I look the Spurs played foot ball not rugby.......or do we? :rofl:
 

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As Bomber-san says, no quotes except for one mis-placed quote from an entirely unrelated interview.

Duncan "Chuff" Castles made this shit up last night on the N38 on his way home or something. Bosses said they needed a column filled, it was either that or an article on the fibre intake of racing pigeons...
 

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does anyone even want klinsmann, he might turn out to be a superstar manager, but he has no expereience at club managment and it could easily balls up.
 

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I onlu want Klinsmann if he is able to work with Comolli. Comolli is so important for our future, and I do not want to lose him. Klinsmann is always welcome at Tottenham, and I admire him as a player and manager, but he has to realise what a good scout we have in Comolli, and that he has a worldwide network in the Scouting business. Scouting is a big part of a Club's future, and putting money and expertise into this is well spent money on the long term.
 

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A typical Phil Space rehash. For a proper interview, with quotations:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article2610167.ece

Unless Levy axes Jol and Comolli, not a hope in hell.
SS57 - good find. This Times article is almost certainly the main source of The Observer piece.

However, the claims in The Observer piece that Klinsmann is prepared to move his family to London if he gets total control, and that he attempted to contact Joe Lewis to learn his intentions last week are unique to the The Observer. This could be made-up BS, or it could be coming unattributably from Jurgen himself to pressurize Lewis & ENIC into making a decision.

What is definitely clear are Klinsmann's terms for coaching a club. Total control of first-team matters, and the DoF works for him. I don't see that Comolli needs to be sacked, rather a change in his reporting lines.

Personally, I'd be happy for Klinsmann to be our coach, and to have such power. I can't see it happening though.
 

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Lets just sweep this one under the carpet where it belongs and look to the Newcastle game next week.
 
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Based on Klinsmann's views on professionalism, the idea of him having to work with Kelmsley and other's on our current board is laughable.

I think Klinsmann will make a good club coach, but it won't happen here.

I think we have a better chance of attracting Harry "The Twitcher" Redknapp. His views on the game are more to Kelmsley's liking.
 
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Isn't this the bloke that deserted after one season because Bayern came knocking.

The phrase "is seeking the right opening to begin his managerial career" sounds like he sees us very much as a launch pad doesn't it.

No thanks.
 
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The phrase "is seeking the right opening to begin his managerial career" sounds like he sees us very much as a launch pad doesn't it.

There's no loyality in football, so I would never expect Klinsmann to come here and do a Alex Ferguson or Wenger. However, if we were to be as succesful as these two quickly, then you never know.
 

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I onlu want Klinsmann if he is able to work with Comolli. Comolli is so important for our future, and I do not want to lose him. Klinsmann is always welcome at Tottenham, and I admire him as a player and manager, but he has to realise what a good scout we have in Comolli, and that he has a worldwide network in the Scouting business. Scouting is a big part of a Club's future, and putting money and expertise into this is well spent money on the long term.
Sorry but I don't see which amazing signings Comolli has made . I do not see Zokora , Rocha , Ghaly and Ekotto as testimonies to his scouting abilities. The jury is out on Kaboul and Boateng. Signing British players like Bale and Jenas is fine but I would have expected Comolli to bring us much more in terms of foreign players and really I can only think of Berbatov as an outstanding signing like that.
I would love to see Klinsmann as DOF with Jol working for him as coach.
 
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