Jurgen Klopp will have to wait to manage Manchester United

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Jurgen Klopp, one of the top managers in Europe, is currently out of work.

It must be a strange situation for the German who has been consistently employed since 2001.

During a seven-year stint at Borussia Dortmund he won six honours including two Bundesliga titles and one DFB-Pokal Cup.

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By the time he led Dortmund to the Champions League final in 2013 he had already established himself as one of the world’s best coaches.

A disappointing final season at Dortmund has done little to damage his reputation in the game. However, the question still remains, where next for Jurgen Klopp?

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Klopp’s chances of an immediate return to management have decreased due to the fact that nearly all of the major jobs in Europe are taken.

Many of the clubs that had vacancies have gone with other candidates. Barcelona ended up sticking with Luis Enrique and Real Madrid, somewhat bizarrely, opted to appoint Rafa Benitez.

In England, Arsene Wenger shows no signs of moving at Arsenal and it looks as if Liverpool are going to stick with Brendan Rodgers. Time will tell if that’s the correct decision.

Meanwhile in Manchester, Manuel Pellegrini looks set to continue at Man City, which is quite surprising after the club’s disappointing season.

Over in the red half of Manchester, Louis van Gaal still has two more years to run on his contract, with some suggestion that he could even look to extend his stay.

The PSG manager’s role is one that you could realistically see Klopp taking but there’s little sign that Laurent Blanc will be departing any time soon after the team won the league title for the third season in a row.

Over in Italy the vacant Napoli job is set to be taken by Maurizio Sarri while AC Milan seem to have others in mind if they decide to sack Filippo Inzaghi.

So where is Klopp going to go?

Perhaps he has decided to take time out and that is why he hasn't found a new club. It certainly seems strange that such a big name manager hasn't found a new job.


Klopp was linked with the Manchester United job following the sacking of David Moyes in April 2014. At the time there was a large contingent of United fans that wanted to see the German appointed at Old Trafford.

However, Klopp remained at Dortmund and the club instead appointed the Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal.

Recently Eckhard Krautzun, a former colleague of Klopp’s, told "He [Klopp] once told me that one day when it does not fit with Dortmund anymore, Manchester United would be his club.”

This of course has led to further speculation that Klopp could be a future manager of Manchester United.

Klopp is certainly a figure that you could see managing United he seems to have all the charisma and confidence required to be successful at the club.

When you consider what he did at Dortmund on a fairly limited budget imagine what he could do at a huge football club like United.

So should Klopp wait for United? Well a lot will depend on how long Van Gaal stays at Old Trafford.

After the sacking of Moyes the club will be reluctant to change manager again in the near future so you would expect that Van Gaal will at least see out the remaining two years of his contract.

Can Klopp wait that long?

He will surely receive numerous offers over that time period with Liverpool just one club that could approach him if Rodgers struggles over the coming season.

Over a two-year period much chopping and changing can be expected at Europe’s top clubs and Klopp may well find himself presented with the opportunity to manage one of Europe’s elite.

Waiting for the manager’s job to become vacant at Old Trafford would certainly be a risk for Klopp, especially if Van Gaal eventually decides to extend his contract.

And what of Ryan Giggs?

Some seem to think that he will become the club’s next manager when Van Gaal departs, therefore there will be no vacancy at all.

It is questionable whether the Welshman will be ready to take on such an important role after a relatively short period as an assistant.

He could perhaps benefit more from learning from an experienced manager like Klopp before taking up managerial responsibilities.


Klopp will not want to be out of the game for too long. The more time he spends away from football the more his stock will decline.

However, he finds himself in a difficult position at the moment because the clubs you could realistically see him going to are not hiring.

Of course there is still time for a move to Liverpool to materialise before the season starts but if that doesn't happen then Klopp may well have to play the waiting game.

The question is, how long will he wait? A manager of his pedigree will surely start receiving offers sooner rather than later.

His record at Dortmund speaks for itself but if Klopp really does want to manage United he may well have to wait longer.

Is two years out of the game something he’d consider? It seems unlikely for a man who clearly loves the game. Additionally, there is the risk that the United job may not become vacant if Giggs immediately takes charge.

Klopp will be tempted by other club’s while he’s out of work and he may find them difficult to turn down.

There will be United fans who secretly regret that Jose Mourinho never managed the club and Klopp could well be another who will fall into the category of great managers that never managed United.

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