United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has distanced himself from the vacant England job. The Football Association are primed to begin their second managerial search in two months after previous incumbent Sam Allardyce left his post just 67 days following his appointment, in the aftermath of an undercover sting from the Daily Telegraph that rendered his position untenable.
Klinsmann was initially linked with the job after the dust settled on England's humiliating Euro 2016 exit to Iceland, with Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff stating in July that he believed his former colleague had entered into discussions with the FA. That speculation was subsequently denied after Allardyce's appointment, however, with the former Tottenham Hotspur striker answering with a simple "no" when asked in an interview with ESPN if the rumours were indeed true.
"If I deny this, now the next rumour comes, and then I deny the next rumour and the next one," he said at that time. "I'm not commenting on anything here because it doesn't really matter anyway."
Despite generally being considered as a long shot with many pundits and bookmakers, Klinsmann has still featured prominently on many lists of potential candidates to succeed Allardyce. Whether or not he is a genuine contender remains to be seen, although the 52-year-old has this time decided to nip such distracting gossip in the bud by publicly insisting that he is not in the running.
"No truth to the rumors regarding England. Our entire focus is on November 11 when Columbus will rock," he wrote on Twitter, with the latter part of that statement referring to recent confirmation that the USA's World Cup qualifier against arch-rivals Mexico later this year will take place at Ohio's Mapfre Stadium for the fifth time in succession.
Klinsmann reportedly earns approximately £1.9m ($2.4m) per year basic in America and inked a four-year contract extension with US Soccer in December 2013 that ties him to his current role through the 2018 World Cup in Russia. His time in charge of the US national team, who begin the fifth and final 'Hex' round of qualifying in November after contesting friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand, included a last-16 berth at the last tournament in 2014 and victory at the 2013 Gold Cup. USMNT also finished fourth at the Copa America Centenario in June, a competition that took place on American soil.
He guided Germany to third place at the 2006 World Cup and was credited for revitalising his country's footballing fortunes with an emphasis on youth and exciting football. A successful two-year stint with Die Mannschaft was followed by a forgettable spell in charge of Bayern Munich, where he was relieved of his duties after only eight months with the team languishing third in the Bundesliga after being eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.