Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed that he called Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy after Jose Mourinho was sacked in April. Levy sacked Mourinho as Spurs manager back on April 19 and is yet to appoint his successor nearly two months later.
Levy’s search for a manager has dragged on for 60 days, with several managers reportedly coming close to agreeing terms, only for negotiations to break down.
Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers, former RB Leipzig boss Julian Naglesmann, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick, ex-Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte, former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca and, most recently, Gennaro Gattuso have all been linked with the job.
But, despite appointing former Juventus chief Fabio Paratici as director of football, Spurs are still managerless.
One name that has never been mentioned as a potential successor to Mourinho is the club’s former striker Klinsmann.
The 56-year-old German has managed Bayern Munich, Germany, the United States and Hertha Berlin, but is currently without a job.
Yet he is keen to change that, as he revealed to Gary Lineker on the BBC’s coverage of Croatia’s 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic on Friday evening.
After discussing the Group D tie, Lineker changed the line of questioning, asking Klinsmann about the situation with Tottenham’s next manager.
He replied: “Well, I called him after he let Mourinho go and said, ‘Daniel, what’s the case now?’
“He said, ‘Listen, I have so much to do right now, I’ve got to sort things out now at the club. Let’s talk a bit later on.’
“And then I saw all the different names walking in, talking and walking out. And it’s the same still today.
“Spurs is in my heart, absolutely, would I consider that, but if he doesn’t want to you cannot force him.”
Lineker then asked him directly if he would be interested in taking the job. “Absolutely,” he said.
Klinsmann enjoyed two spells at Tottenham in the 1990s, joining from Monaco in 1994 for one season before returning on loan from Sampdoria in 1997.
He managed Germany between 2004 and 2006 and took charge of the US for five years, as well as spending short stints with Bayern and Hertha Berlin.
Having gone through an extremely long list of candidates, Spurs appear to be back to square one with their managerial search.
After talks with Fonseca broke down at the last minute, Levy appeared set to appoint Gattuso as manager on the day the former Milan midfielder parted ways with Fiorentina.
But the news that Gattuso was on the cards was greeted by a wave of negativity from Tottenham fans, with #NoToGattuso trending on Twitter on Thursday night.