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Oh really? English tabloid claims USMNT’s Klinsmann in running for Aston Villa gig

Belgium v USA: Round of 16 - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the United States reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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There’s little information other than his name linked to a report from The Mirror, but Jurgen Klinsmann is one of a pair of high-profile names linked with the vacant Aston Villa job.

Paul Lambert was canned today by the never-been-relegated club, opened the door to the usual list of potential replacement managers. Of course Tim Sherwood was mentioned, but the U.S. men’s national team manager got a nod as well.

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Does it make any sense? As much as droves of USMNT fans would fall all over themselves to once again talk about Landon Donovan not going to World Cup see Klinsmann move onto greener pastures, it’s hard to imagine Klinsmann is frothing to jump into a relegation battle (especially given the contractual health of his U.S. deal).

So, no, the departure would be about as shocking as it gets in U.S. soccer circles. That isn’t to say it’s impossible, but The Mirror is likely just searching for American web clicks. Which, all-in-all, I suppose we’re feeding into with this post.

But if it happens, we of course 100 percent thought it was a legitimate rumor and that’s why we’re bringing it to you.

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