The job of head coach of the England national soccer team is serious business. It has been described as second only in importance to the position of prime minister.
As it happens both are vacant right now after a pair of seismic events that rocked England — the team’s exit from the European Championships after a shocking defeat to Iceland on Monday and the United Kingdom’s impending departure from the European Union after the Brexit vote.
Amid the chaos and acrimony that saw Roy Hodgson on the sports side and David Cameron on the political front both quit, Jurgen Klinsmann found himself thrust into the spotlight on Wednesday.
Klinsmann, the United States head coach, is highly regarded in England as a result of his successful playing stint with Tottenham Hotspur in the mid-1990s.
His spell in charge of the U.S. team, while not as spectacular as many American fans would have hoped, has nevertheless been enough to insert his name into the mix of candidates being discussed for the role of Hodgson’s successor.
“Klinsmann’s my pick to take over,” former England defender Jamie Carragher,…