With the future of Rafa Benitez being uncertain, Newcastle United are reportedly considering a move for former Germany and United States boss Jurgen Klinsmann, according to a report published by France Football.
Benitez’s future at St James’ Park remains a mystery with his current deal at the club due to expire this summer.
Considering that the Spaniard has previously publicly criticised the club for failing to back him sufficiently in the transfer market, it will not be surprising if he leaves Newcastle – especially as he will almost certainly attract offers from other reputable clubs due to his experience and achievements.
The 54-year-old Klinsmann has previously managed the likes of Germany, Bayern Munich and the United States. He led the German national team to the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup which they hosted.
His stint with Munich in the Bundesliga lasted less than a year and was described by German 2014 World Cup winner Phillip Lahm in his autobiography as a “failure”.
Klinsmann’s tenure as manager of the United States yielded moderate success. He guided the North American nation to the 2013 Concacaf Gold Cup title and to the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup.
However, he was sacked by the Americans in late 2016 after their 2018 World Cup campaign was in tatters. The Stars and Stripes subsequently ended up failing to qualify for the event in Russia under Bruce Arena who succeeded Klinsmann.
If hired Klinsmann could be a big risk for Newcastle, especially considering that he has never managed in England previously nor has his previous club managerial stint with Bayern Munich been successful.