Following the news that Manchester United had sacked manager David Moyes, the names of Louis van Gaal and Jurgen Klopp quickly found their way into practically every conversation discussing a potential successor.
The two men are different ends of the footballing spectrum in terms of experience and age, and yet most United fans appear to be hoping United appoint the German over the Dutchman.
The only problem is, Klopp is going nowhere…at least for now.
The Guardian have published quotes from the Borussia Dortmund manager in which he revealed his plans for the future. And the only way he will be heading to Old Trafford anytime soon is if his Bundesliga side play United (which is unlikely given the latter’s failure to qualify for the Champions League next season).
“Man United is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans,” Klopp told the Guardian.
“But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable.”
And that is just one of the reasons why United would have been so desperate to get him – his loyalty in the face of temptation.
In short, Klopp has built Dortmund in his own image – a side that not only challenged but beat German’s elite to two consecutive Bundesliga crowns and qualified for last season’s Champions League final where they narrowly lost to Bayern Munich.
Klopp not only constructs sides, he inspires them. He is passionate, highly intelligent, and a man at the top of many club’s wish-lists across Europe.
In many ways he was the perfect replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson and he is certainly the perfect replacement for Moyes. But United will have to look elsewhere, and for that their fans will no doubt be hugely disappointed.