Jürgen Klinsmann’s “work-from-home” controversy with the South Korean men’s national soccer team has gone beyond South Korea. There have been claims from foreign media that he could be sacked if he fails to deliver results in the two A matches this September.
The British public broadcaster BBC analyzed Klinsmann’s current situation in a report titled “Jürgen Klinsmann: Is time running out for the winless Korean coach?” on September 7.
The national soccer team, led by Klinsmann, will play an exhibition match against Wales on the 8th before traveling to Newcastle, England, for a second match against Saudi Arabia on the 13th. These two games are crucial for Klinsmann. Without a win in his first four games in charge, Klinsmann has recently been criticized for breaking his promise to stay in the country and spending time abroad, sparking a “working from home” controversy, and losing focus on the team by holding remote press conferences and appearing on panels for foreign broadcasters.
The BBC defined Klinsmann’s working style under the subheading of ‘remote control management’ and said: “At his first press conference after his appointment, the former Germany national team coach said he would live in South Korea, as his predecessors had done. However, in his first six months in charge, he spent only 67 days in South Korea.”
He also claimed that he could be sacked if the two games do not produce results. “If results do not come against Wales and Saudi Arabia, Klinsmann could find himself spending as much time as he wants in California, USA, afterward,” said the BBC. California is where Klinsmann has a home. 온라인카지노
Klinsmann seems to be well aware of the criticism.
“Although we haven’t won the last four A matches, I was happy with the way the team dominated the game in general,” Klinsmann said in a press conference video posted by online media outlet ‘Football Daily’ ahead of the Wales match. “I want to see the team improve every game, and I want to win desperately, but the victory must come at the Asian Cup. Korea hasn’t won the Asian Cup in more than 60 years. (Winning the Asian Cup) is the real goal,” he emphasized.
He went on to address the criticism that has been directed at him. “Even if we had won the first four games, there would have been criticism,” Klinsmann said. “Criticism is a part of being a coach, and you have to live with it,” he said, adding, “It doesn’t bother me. It has been a good experience so far. I have seen the team grow step by step through criticism.” He added, “I know that social media in Korea has become very heated. I know what the national team needs to do now. The real evaluation will come at the Asian Cup,” he said, indicating that he would once again be judged by the Asian Cup results.