Klinsmann admits taking Spurs job could be ‘something special’

Joe Williams
Jurgen Klinsmann Spurs
Jurgen Klinsmann Spurs

Jurgen Klinsmann says he would definitely “entertain” a call from Daniel Levy if he wanted to offer him the Spurs job.

Ryan Mason took the job on an interim basis last month after Levy and the Tottenham board decided Jose Mourinho’s time was up.

Since then they have been linked with numerous names, including Erik Ten Hag, Roberto Martinez, Graham Potter and Ralf Rangnick, who are apparently the final four candidates.

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Klinsmann, who has managed both the Germany and United States national teams, is a Spurs icon having scored 38 goals in 68 appearances over two spells at White Hart Lane.

In his last position at Hertha Berlin Klinsmann lasted just ten weeks before stepping down – but he has now thrown his hat in the ring for the Spurs job.

Klinsmann told Sky Sports: “Definitely you’d entertain it, no doubt. He [Daniel Levy] has my number, he can call me anytime. Spurs is something that you’d always consider.

“I’m always in touch and doing stuff with Spurs is always something special. I had the best time of my life there during my two spells.

“In the football world, things happen so fast. I never thought I’d coach Germany or the United States so you have to have an open mind. You have to always think about new challenges, so why not Spurs?”

Reflecting on Tottenham’s season, Klinsmann added: “It’s been a rollercoaster for Spurs this year. At the beginning they were at the top and we all started to dream.

“Thankfully at the end we got into the Europa Conference League so at least there’s some kind of credit to the season that you play European football next season.

“In general, it’s been a tough ride. My personal hope is that things will stabilise.

“Spurs fans want to see entertainment. They would rather lose 4-3 than win 1-0, that’s up to Arsenal. We’d rather score goals!”

Harry Kane Spurs

On Harry Kane’s future, Klinsmann continued: “I feel sympathy for both sides, especially Harry, who has been the flag of the club for so many years. He’s done so much for them.

“The market is out there for him. Teams would grab him right away and they’d probably put down a lot of money.

“I personally hope he stays at Spurs but I also can understand him. I was in that situation in 1995. I badly wanted silverware and it worked out that way. I went to Bayern Munch and won the UEFA Cup and German championship.

“If Harry leaves then you have a problem because maybe [Heung-Min] Son says: ‘Hang on, I might move on as well then’.

“The most important path now is [for Spurs] to sit down with Harry, discuss the situation and lay out how he can continue his career with Spurs, how the roster will look for next season to make the squad even stronger.

“The quality is there. It needs a bit of fixing up but the key figure in all this is definitely Harry Kane. You’ve got to do everything possible to keep him.”