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
Tony DiCicco: Hope Solo has used up her bonus points     
Tony DiCicco coached the USA to crowns at the 1996 Olympics, 1999 Women's World Cup and ...
Three takeaways from Chile-USA    
In their first match of 2015, the Americans twice took the lead on the road but ...
Chile-USA Player Ratings     
The USA scored two fine goals but otherwise failed to impress while falling 3-2 at Chile ...
Diskerud can't wait to begin new adventure    
For a lot of players, January camp is not their idea of fun. Getting up early. ...
Tab Ramos' next chapter begins     
An important victory, the 2-0 win over El Salvador that qualified the USA for the 2015 ...
Three takeaways from USA-El Salvador    
In the end, the USA got the job done, but it was hardly impressive. It is ...
Will this Tab Ramos team find its rhythm?    
On Saturday, we'll find out whether the USA will qualify for the U-20 World Cup. The ...
Zusi: Complacency and injuries stung Sporting KC    
One of the most concerning injuries for Jurgen Klinsmann's 2014 World Cup group is the foot ...
Revs' locals ready to make history    
The New England Revolution enters MLS Cup with the worst record in league history. It's lost ...
Charlie Davies' comeback reaches a milestone    
On the field, in the locker room, on the podium during a press conference, Charlie Davies ...
>> Soccer America Confidential Archives