Klinsmann ‘in talks with England’ – Bierhoff

Jurgen Klinsmann is in discussions with England to become their new manager, Germany general manager and close friend Oliver Bierhoff has claimed.

The Three Lions are looking for a manager to replace Roy Hodgson after his exit in the wake of England’s dismal Euro 2016 campaign and former Germany and current USA boss Klinsmann is one of several reported candidates.

The 51-year-old ex-Tottenham striker was at the helm of the Germany side when they began their renaissance in 2006 and Bierhoff says he would be a “good fit” for England.

Bierhoff, who was appointed to his current role by Klinsmann, let slip the apparent developments in a post-tournament briefing in Paris after Germany were beaten in the Euro 2016 semi-final by France.

He was quoted in several national newspapers as saying: “Since the arrival of Jurgen Klinsmann – who I think is in discussions with England – we have also given the national team a certain pride, atmosphere and organisation.

“The success of the story is the high quality but also the good organisation and good atmosphere we have in the group.”

On Klinsmann’s suitability for the England role, he added: “He would be a good fit. We started in 2004 together and he’s not always, how can I say, nice to handle because he wants to change [things].

“But he brings motivation. He has the courage to make difficult decisions and, perhaps, you need something like this.”