Tuesday 24 October 2017

Jurgen Klinsmann a shock contender to become the new Southampton boss

Jurgen Klinsmann. Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Jurgen Klinsmann. Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jurgen Klinsmann has emerged as a new shock favourite to take over at Premier League side Southampton.

The former Germany and Tottenham striker may be ready to leave his post as USA coach after his side’s run in the Copa America was brought to an end by a rampant Argentina earlier this week, with a move into English club management an attractive option for the experienced tactician.

Klinsmann had had spells in charge of the German national team and Bayern Munich since finishing his highly successful playing career and his arrival at Southampton would be a major coup following the departure of Ronald Koeman to Everton earlier this month.

Saints are keen to attract a big-name leader as they look to build a club that is ready to challenge for Champions League football, with Klinsmann a figure who would add sparkle to already solid foundations in place at St Mary’s Stadium.

It remains to be seen whether Klinsmann is ready to leave his base in America to make a return to English football, but bookies have slashed their odds on the German taking over at Southampton after a flurry of bets in recent days.

Saints have yet to make any comment on their management chase, with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, ex-Ajax boss Frank de Boer and former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini among those who have been linked with the vacancy in recent weeks.

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