Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Klinsmann handles it well - so far
by Mike Woitalla, March 22nd, 2013 2:57PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  men's national team

MOST COMMENTED

By Mike Woitalla

Jurgen Klinsmann reacted admirably to the scathing criticism leveled at him in Brian Straus' Sporting News article about how he's coaching the USA.

The coach seemed unruffled. Remained his usual positive self. He didn’t respond with a rant against the media, as so many public figures are apt when criticized. Many coaches have tantrums when a story comes out that upsets them, making themselves look even worse.

Klinsmann did, legitimately, question the veracity of the journalism because it was based on anonymous sources.

“It really doesn’t bother me that much,” he said. “If it’s true, which obviously it’s still a rumor because if you say ‘anonymous sources’ then you gotta name it, then you’d rather prefer as a coach or as individual, no matter who you are, that people talk to you directly if they have something to complain about. It’s as simple as that.”

Of course it’s nobler to tell someone face-to-face if you have a complaint. Anonymous sources are problematic. The reader has no idea what axe the accuser may have to grind.

But how likely would it be that players would go on the record with criticism of the coach who will determine whether they’ll get to play in a World Cup?

Players tend to like their coaches till the time they’re benched. Even those who are starting can be inclined to blame their failure on someone else. Players saying, “He’s not getting the best out of us” might simply not be delivering because of their own deficiencies.

But what if the anonymous sources include players who happen to be correct in their assessments? I have no idea who the players and are, but some of the same criticism, such as his overemphasis on fitness, has been leveled at Klinsmann before. Christian Nerlinger, Bayern Munich’s general manager during Klinsmann's ill-fated stint as Bayern coach, later complained “the team spent more time in the gym than on the field.”

It just could be that some of Straus’ anonymous sources were pointing out some real flaws in Klinsmann’s methods. And it could be that Klinsmann reacts by making changes in his approach that will get the team on a smoother track to the World Cup.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Confidential
Proposing a radical rule addition to protect players    
The best World Cup ever? Not if you are concerned about player safety.
Brazil Diary: Germans bring joy to Rio    
Two sets of fans on the subway leaving the Maracana station on Sunday night wore German ...
Soccer America's World Cup Best XI    
In a tournament with so many twists and turns, it isn't easy to come up with ...
Germany-Argentina Player Ratings    
A gripping World Cup final ended with a superb goal by Mario Goetze that earned Germany ...
Germany is Weltmeister, deservedly    
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Mario Goetze, who was born nearly two years after Germany last won ...
The 10 best things about the 2014 World Cup    
Brazil 2014 has been the best World Cup of our lifetime. Beginning with the first three ...
Brazil Diary: Meeting Pele     
Life is good. On Saturday I had the offer of a free sandwich and a roundtable ...
Dutch pile more misery onto Brazil's nightmare    
Few Brazilian fans could have foreseen how hosting the World Cup would end, with a depressing ...
Brazil Diary: Lost in translation but loving it    
I find Brazilian Portuguese to be a beautiful language. The woman's voice coming over the P.A. ...
Very different impressions left of two previous Argentina-Germany finals    
There were common elements to the 1986 and 1990 World Cup finals. Both were contested by ...
>> Soccer America Confidential Archives