Jurgen Klinsmann has turned down the job of CEO at VfB Stuttgart.
The former German international World Cup winner, Tottenham Hotspurs striker, US men’s national team coach, and one-time Stuggart forward, has apparently turned Stuttgart down,
The German second division side has been in talks with Klinsmann about the vacancy for some time, but he has now officially rejected their offer.
Klinsmann had a great spell at Stuttgart back in the 1980’s early on his career. He played 186 times for them, scoring 94 goals.
It was hoped that the sentimentality of the opportunity could swing the deal, but it just was not what he was looking for.
According to Goal.com, Klinsmann released a statement.
“By e-mail I informed the Presidential Council of VfB Stuttgart today that I am not available … for further talks regarding the office of CEO and for another office at VfB.”
“The entire communication and correspondence with both the VfB Presidential Council and a Munich-based recruitment consultancy were not effective and without any urgency on the part of VfB.”
“Naturally, I am keeping my fingers crossed for VfB – as always – and I hope that the club will soon be back in the division it belongs.”
Klinsmann has been out of work since he parted company with the US men’s national team.
Although he led them to a round of 16 finish in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a poor start to the 2018 World Cup qualification led to a parting of ways.
He has been linked with several jobs since then but has always been adamant he will only take the right job and it has to be at the highest level.
“If (I return), I want to lead an association of a certain calibre and with the goal to reach the semi-finals at the World Cup.”