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Klinsmann regrets not quitting USA after 2014 World Cup

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Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed that he regrets not quitting his post at the United States national football team after the 2014 World Cup

The German coach was dismissed by the United States Soccer Federation before the national side’s failure to qualify for this summer’s World Cup.

Klinsmann is adamant that he would have got them into Russia and revealed that he feels that he should have left the job after the 2014 World Cup.

After defeats to the likes of Mexico and Costa Rica in the opening games of the final CONCACAF qualifying round, the 53-year-old was relieved of his duties and replaced by Bruce Arena.

However, this failed to produce a turnaround in form and the USA failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 after a loss to Trinidad and Tobago in their final qualifier last October.

“The team was on track. We would have swallowed the early defeats and moved on and get the job done,” Klinsmann told Sports Illustrated.

“You build a new skeleton between World Cups and we hadn’t built the skeleton yet. When we lost two games, we were still building the skeleton. Sorry, we lost two games! Then [the U.S. Federation] became emotional. But they made their decision, so no problem.

“If I’d have known that they’d make the decision to cut [me] short, because [I] lost two games, probably I would have stepped out after 2014.”