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Klinsmann declares interest in Spurs job

Former Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann has declared his interest in the vacant managerial role at Spurs, amid the club’s ongoing search for a replacement to Jose Mourinho.

Recent weeks have seen an almost farcical turn of events at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with a string of names reported to have been close to securing the job, yet the position ultimately still remains unfilled.

 

Following Mourinho’s departure just days before the Carabao Cup final in April, former academy graduate Ryan Mason took over on an interim basis until the end of the season, the 29-year-old guiding Spurs to a seventh-placed finish after a turbulent campaign.

With Mason not offered the role on a permanent deal, recently departed Inter boss Antonio Conte looked set to be the man to fill the void, before pulling out of talks amid concerns of the clubs ambition, while former manager Mauricio Pochettino was also a reported target for a return.

The position then looked set to go to Paulo Fonseca – who Mourinho is set to replace at AS Roma – before those negotiations broke down at the eleventh hour, before Genaro Gattuso emerged as a front runner before swiftly being dismissed.

The club have also been linked with the likes of Julian Nagelsmann, Erik Ten Hag, and Brendan Rodgers, though all have ruled themselves out.

With Chairman Daniel Levy seemingly now back to square one in his search for a permanent head coach, one of the club’s former stars has thrown his hat into the ring for the job, with Jurgen Klinsmann declaring his interest in the role.

The 56-year-old – who netted 38 goals in two successful yet brief spells at the club – remains an iconic figure among the Spurs support and has previous experience as manager of Germany, Bayern Munich, the United States and most recently as boss of Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.

“I called him after he let Mourinho go and said: ‘Daniel, what’s the case now?’” he told the BBC. “And he said to me: ‘I have so much to do right now to sort things out at the club, let’s talk a little later on.’

“Then I saw all the different names walking in, talking and walking out.

“The same still today. Spurs are in my heart, I would consider that – but if he doesn’t want to, I am not going to force him.”

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