Klinsmann: What They’re Saying…

Here’s a quick rundown of what the press has to say regarding Klinsmann withdrawing himself from the USMNT search:

NY Times: "Financially, they basically had a handshake," an American soccer official who was granted anonymity said of Klinsmann and the federation. "The question came down to authority and control." Klinsmann wanted more say in how the national team was operated than the federation was willing to give him, the official said. Bradley … will coach the 2008 Olympic team and will be given the opportunity to win the job as the full-time national team coach while other candidates are considered, an American soccer official said.

Washington Post: Sources in the soccer community expect Gulati to wait until the end of the European club season in May before deciding on a full-time coach. Other candidates include former Argentina coach Jose Pekerman, Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz and Gerard Houllier, coach of French club Lyon.

Washington Post: Both he [Bradley] and D.C. Coach Peter Nowak had been considered second-tier candidates for the U.S. job, but, according to one source, when the Klinsmann negotiations began to fizzle, the USSF contacted Bradley. It is unclear whether he will relinquish his position with Chivas.

ESPN: Although soccer’s most important and influential movers and shakers applied serious pressure on newly elected U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati and U.S. soccer to hire Klinsmann, talks concluded late Wednesday evening without an agreement.

CNNSI: Klinsmann and USSF president Sunil Gulati apparently are far apart on issues of executive control over the U.S. program, which is more of an issue than money. It was earlier reported that Klinsmann was looking for a deal of as much as $2 million a year.

Grant Wahl/CNNSI: The snub by Klinsmann has to be considered a major blow for U.S. Soccer, which waited nearly six months to fill its coaching vacancy out of deference to Klinsmann’s desire for a break after leading Germany to a third-place finish at the World Cup. This is only informed speculation at this point, but it’s almost certain that the split in the lengthy negotiations between Klinsmann and U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati came down not to money, but rather to the amount of power Klinsmann wanted to reshape the U.S. soccer program. (He made similar demands before taking the Germany job.) It’s fair to deduce that Gulati, who has his own healthy ego, didn’t want to grant him those powers. Whether Klinsi’s demands were reasonable or not will become a lot more clear as details come out.

Jamie Trecker/FOX Sports: According to several sources, U.S. Soccer had made Klinsmann a firm financial offer, said to be in the range of $1.85 million and that Klinsmann had accepted it. In addition, to avoid conflict between Nike – a major national team sponsor – and his longtime partner, adidas, Klinsmann had decided to step away from that commitment in accepting the USA job. But there had always been the question of whether or not Klinsmann would accept the culture of U.S. Soccer. Power, and the sharing of it, was said to be a consistent theme in the talks and it could be that despite agreeing in principle, the two parties could not settle on an agreement that would give Klinsmann the autonomy he desired. This is not the first time that a major candidate courted by the U.S. Soccer Federation has walked away from the table. In 1995, Carlos Queiroz – today the assistant coach at Manchester United – angrily and publicly withdrew his name for the position after being kept waiting for several months.

Ridge Mahoney/Soccer America: During protracted negotiations between Klinsmann and Gulati, the former German international and national team coach mentioned both Bradley and Crew head coach Sigi Schmid as men he could work with shaping the future of American soccer. Precise details as to what motivated Klinsmann to halt negotiations this week may never be known. Money and a supposed dispute between adidas, which has an endorsement deal with Klinsmann, and Nike, outfitter and sponsor of U.S. national team programs, were mere details that could have been taken care of. Influence and power were the primary stumbling blocks, but not only as to what Klinsmann wanted control over, but also what he didn’t want to be bothered with.

BBC: [as I write this] Nothing A very brief writeup

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  1. I hate to play “Monday Morning Quarterback” but when Bruce was unceremoniously let go by the USSF – I thought to myself – this move could come back to haunt them. If the U.S. would have beaten Ghana – then Bruce would still be leading the USMNT. Klinsmann would have been great – no doubt in my feeble mind – but the USSF made a move – took a chance – and lost. Only time will tell what will happen now – but I am still very upset about this whole thing…

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