- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 29, 2010
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- Jurgen Klinsmann
I’ve always been told Toronto can be like a bizarro-world. I guess that is certainly the case with this news out of Toronto that TFC is set to hire Jurgen Klinsmann.
Oddly enough he won’t be hired as a GM or as a head coach but as a consultant. Here’s the blurb from The Globe and Mail article:
The former German national team player and coach will be given a free hand to rebuild an organization that has failed to make the playoffs during each of its four seasons of existence. This past year saw the firing of TFC’s original general manager Mo Johnston and his latest head coach, Preki, and a protest by the club’s supporters over both the poor calibre of play and ticket price increases for next season.
Though Klinsmann will not take on the role of general manager or coach himself, he will be asked to make a recommendation as to Johnston’s replacement.
But it is more than a simple head hunting assignment. Klinsmann and his company will look at the club’s infrastructure, at its academy and scouting system, will suggest a playing style, and then find someone to accomplish the goals they set out.
We know he’s been offered a job as the US coach twice now but I guess this role may suit him a bit more? Who knows. Toronto as we all know are in major need of a clean up and a turnaround and Klinsmann could be the perfect guy to do just that. In all reality they need a culture change there in house to get the club on a better path. Maybe this hire will work and maybe it won’t. It all comes down to who Klinsmann helps get as a coach.
Just an odd thought, wouldn’t it be weird if he helped get one of his former assistant coaches Martin Vasquez the TFC gig? Yes that would make two straight years of former Chivas USA coaches in Toronto. I’m only slightly joking about this because that would be a terrible hire.