Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
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
'Wow' moments are in short supply so far at Women's World Cup    
I am holding out hope for the 2015 Women's World Cup, but so far, I must ...
Five reasons I'm rooting for France    
France plays Germany Friday afternoon in the must-watch match of the Women's Women's World Cup. Most ...
A special moment for Robbie Rogers    
More than two years after signing with the Galaxy as the first openly gay player in ...
Women's World Cup: Ranking the final eight    
The Women's World Cup moves into the quarterfinals with two games on Friday and two more ...
Does Jill Ellis have the guts to bench Abby Wambach?    
I remember when Abby Wambach really impressed me. It was during the 2011 Women's World Cup, ...
Tony DiCicco: If USA's scoring comes around, it will not be stopped    
The last time the USA won a Women's World Cup came in 1999 when Tony DiCicco ...
Dempsey case: Lessons from the tussle in Tukwila    
In a perfect world, Clint Dempsey would not have been playing on Tuesday. Nor would have ...
Ecuador women defend the honor of their country    
Defeated three times by combined scores of 17-1 in its first Women's World Cup, Ecuador took ...
Open Cup gets a rip job, several actually    
The Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers had played each other four times in the Open Cup ...
Breaking down the U.S. under-23 prospects    
With the 2013 and 2015 Under-20 World Cups out of the way, the USA will begin ...
>> Soccer America Confidential Archives