All manager talk is hypothetical with Sunderland set to be sold by Ellis Short in a matter of days. The mysterious German consortium reportedly on the brink of buying are said to be interested in bringing in a compatriot to take the incredibly difficult job of resurrecting relegated Sunderland. I'm all for a bit of German intervention at the Stadium of Light, providing we choose the correct German manager.
Jurgen Klinsmann is one of the two shortest German managers in the next Sunderland manager odds but, as much as he is a massive name in football, the prospect of him leading our charge back to the Premiership doesn't excite me in the slightest.
Before we even discuss the man's credentials, there is nothing more synonymous of Sunderland's failures than going big for big names. Martin O'Neill, Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes - they are all massive names in British football whether or not you like them. Allardyce, as we know, was the only true success and we've fell into the same trap time and time again when buying players too - with Jermain Defoe being the obvious exception.
It doesn't take a master Googler to uncover question marks over Klinsmann as a club manager, though admittedly he hasn't even spent an entire year as a club football manager.
That said, his disastrous spell at Bayern Munich makes you question what he has to offer a club as low as Sunderland. Club Captain Phillip Lahm wrote about his time playing under Klinsmann, admitting that players would often discuss strategy before kick-off due to the lack of instruction coming from the manager. I'm no football manager, but to fail spectacularly with Bayern Munich sounds like quite the feat.
The other German manager heavily link with Sunderland is Jens Keller who currently manages 2. Bundesliga side Union Berlin. That doesn't sound particularly interesting, I know, but that's precisely why it is interesting.
Keller had a relatively successful spell at Schalke before being dismissed after a poor start to the 2014/15 season, but his acceptance of the Union Berlin job was considered somewhat a surprise at the time. However, Keller had always maintained that the level his potential club played at was of little importance and that he was a man who required a project which excited him, Bundesliga, Premier League, 2.Bundesliga or Championship. Quoted quite eloquently as saying;
"Leading a team is the same everywhere. It's the same here as in the Champions League. The quality is different, but otherwise it's the same. Nothing changes."
After a decade of egos, money-grabbers, mistakes and overall failure - a man who lives life on the back of solid and admirable principles couldn't feel like a better fit. Keller has had success in blooding young players, something Sunderland have generally failed to do with no more than a couple of obvious exceptions. At 46, the German is still young in manager years and just feels like he would be a much more astute appointment.
That is of course if this takeover goes ahead. Otherwise I'm getting excited over nothing.