Belfast Telegraph

Klinsmann content with USA

Jurgen Klinsmann insists he is happy in his current role as United States head coach despite speculation that the he could take over as Tottenham manager should Harry Redknapp depart for England.

Redknapp is tipped to be the next England manager following Fabio Capello's shock resignation. Although Redknapp admits it would be hard to leave a club where he has achieved so much, the 64-year-old has declared his interest in taking on the national side, conceding last week that the role would be the "ultimate" for any English manager.

United States coach Klinsmann, a fan favourite from two playing spells at Spurs, has been mentioned as a possible successor but he played down those rumours. He said: "I'm very happy in my role as USA manager and busy preparing for the start of World Cup qualifying this summer."

Redknapp was last week cleared of two charges of tax evasion in a draining 13-day trial and he has now taken a break for a few days to rest and recuperate ahead of Sunday's FA Cup game against Stevenage.

The former Portsmouth manager did little to dampen speculation that he wants to take the national job by talking at length about the England team following Saturday evening's 5-0 win over Newcastle.

The win, which kept Tottenham within seven points of the Barclays Premier League summit, was thanks in no small part to the efforts of Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togo striker, who is on a season-long loan from Manchester City, set up the Londoners' first four goals before adding one of his own in the second half. The goal - his first in 713 minutes of competitive action - came as a huge relief to the former Arsenal man.

"I had a tough time. I didn't score for a few games but I came back and scored and I made a lot of assists," Adebayor told Spurs TV Online. "It's good for the confidence. We are all human. When you go through four, five, six games without scoring you start questioning yourself.

"You start saying: 'what is happening? What is wrong?'.

"I got some stick from my team-mates as well - in a good way - so I was happy to score and to help the team win. I've worked hard in training and my team-mates all believe in me and what I can do."


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