USMNT: Jurgen Klinsmann reportedly draws interest from Switzerland for national team coaching job
Could Jurgen Klinsmann be headed back to Europe to take on a new coaching challenge following the World Cup?
According to a Tuesday report from Swiss daily Blick, the US national team boss is on the short list of candidates to replace Ottmar Hitzfeld as Switzerland national team head coach following the 2014 World Cup.
Apparently Klinsmann's successful 2013 with the US made an impact on the Swiss FA, and putting him in the running, according to the report, alongside former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, among others.
Brian Straus of SI.com notes that Klinsmann's contract with U.S. Soccer runs through the 2014 World Cup. Although Klinsmann has publicly expressed interest in staying on as US national team manager, he has also acknowledged he's received interest from clubs and national teams in Europe.
He led Germany to the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup, a considerable accomplishment considering the pressure on the German national team heading into the tournament, held on home soil. But following the tournament, he stepped down from the job, handing over the national team job to assistant coach Joachim Löw, who remains in charge.
Altogether, Klinsmann was head coach for Germany for two years, and following the upcoming World Cup, will have coached the US for three years.
Switzerland finished a successful World Cup qualifying campaign under Hitzfeld that has them projected to be one of the eight seeded teams for the 2014 World Cup draw next month.