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Boss Jurgen? Maybe one day...

Posted on 15 October 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

In the latest instalment of our interview with Jurgen Klinsmann leading up to Thursday's Tottenham Tribute Match, the legendary striker explains why he's not in football management yet.

JURGEN KLINSMANN hasn't ruled out becoming a manager one day but at the moment it's clear he's happy to put his family first.

The German hero and Spurs legend is back at the Lane for Thursday night's Tottenham Tribute Match.

Jurgen has stayed out of the limelight since retiring from the game after the 1998 World Cup.

Still living in America, he currently a partner in Soccer Solutions, relating computer technology to projects using the game’s global appeal as a teaching tool for grassroots development.

But with so much experience at the very top of the game including World Cup and European Championship triumphs, why wasn't he a manager?

Jurgen explained: "I got my professional coaching licence in Germany two years ago but the reason is simple - I need to have time for the family.

"Going back into management or even administrative areas, becoming a GM of a team, which has been offered me, means I give up the independent schedule I have right now.

"I have a boy five-years-old and a girl of one and I want to see them grow up.

"Once they are older and going to school, who knows? I wouldn't rule it out, of course. You can never guess what will happen five years from now.

"But at the moment I'm happy to work for a great company out here, I am one of three partners in a consulting company, still in the football industry and I'm still learning a tremendous amount of stuff.

"I keep busy but with the advantage that I can do my own schedule, not the team or federation's schedule.

"Of course, every day you miss playing the game but that is part of it.

"I would certainly miss my kids a lot more if I was playing now. Still you miss it and that's why I have a few friends here who kick the ball around every week."

Listen to the audio version of this interview by clicking here or onto the audio link above...

Look out for more this week as we build up to Thursday's Tottenham Tribute Match at the Lane...