Everton boss Roberto Martinez has come under increasing pressure over recent months following a run of three wins in 14 league matches that has left his side 12th in the Premier League, while he was also forced to refute reports earlier this week that he was fighting to heal a dressing room rift.
The Spaniard has been the subject of protests among the fans – with a banner demanding he be sacked appearing at the weekend’s 0-0 draw at Watford – and the recent arrival of billionaire shareholder Farhad Moshiri has led to tentative suggestions that a change of manager could be considered in the summer.
The rumour mill was subsequently forced into overdrive on Wednesday afternoon when ESPN commentator Ian Darke sent out an intriguing tweet, alluding to talks of Klinsmann taking over at Goodison Park.
Persistent Merseyside rumours that USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann could be next Everton manager.— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) April 13, 2016
As someone with close contacts in the US game, his message caused a minor storm on social media, but just a few hours later Klinsmann responded with a tweet of his own.
Klinsmann, who has coached the US national team since 2011, has been linked to several Premier League jobs in the past, including former club Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Everton before Martinez’s appointment in June 2013 [h/t Liverpool Echo], but he has remained adamant that he will see out his contract which runs through the 2018 World Cup.
However, the ex-Germany and Bayern Munich manager has been heavily criticised recently for his team’s own slumping results and a poor performance at the Copa America Centenario this summer could bring his future into further question.