Klinsmann's skill set is better suited to international management
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The irony is that living in the U.S. while coaching the German national team was, in hindsight, much less damaging to his reputation than his return to the Bundesliga in 2008. Klinsmann's 10-month stint in charge at Bayern Munich was more or less a disaster, bad enough to make him nigh unemployable in German club soccer. That is not to say, however, that the 47-year-old Klinsmann could not do very good job in charge of the U.S. team, on the contrary: it's quite possible that his unique skill sets are much more effective in international soccer.
Here's a look at the pros and cons of Klinsmann, the manager.
Club soccer, especially at Bayern, where instant success is much more important than long-term reform, was perhaps not quite for him. But there's a good chance that he will modernize the U.S. setup and push through some necessary reforms. Klinsmann's energy and drive could also unlock some hidden potential in the U.S. team, especially if he manages to bring in some young, quality players and a coherent soccer strategy. Appointing the right No. 2 is absolutely vital in that respect, however. U.S. supporters must therefore hope that USSF president Sunil Gulati asked the most pertinent question in the negotiations with the new man in charge. "Who will be the coach?"