An hour’s research into the subject should be enough to dissuade the Football Association of the notion that, in Jurgen Klinsmann, they would be drafting in the man chiefly responsible for the post-Euro-2000 reinvention of German football.
Now head coach of the USA, Klinsmann has emerged as chief rival to 6/4 favourite Sam Allardyce in the next England manager betting.
Priced up at 5/2, the 51-year-old managed Germany between 2004 and 2006, a tenure that concluded with him steering them to the 2006 World Cup semi-finals.
Under his stewardship, Die Mannschaft consigned memories of a dire Euro 2000 to the scrapheap, with a side of unprecedented youthfulness and attacking intent.
Working backwards from the moment they were crowned Weltmeisters in 2014 under Klinsmann’s former assistant Joachim Low, there is no doubt that the 2006 campaign was a key staging post.
However, the now-England-candidate should not be cast as one of the architects of a shift in priorities within German football that actually began four years earlier.
It was at that point, in the aftermath of the disastrous showing in finishing winless and bottom of their group at Euro 2000, that the process began.
Germany’s equivalent of the FA, the DFL, began the process of realigning the whole of German football, 1 and 2 Bundesliga clubs included, with the objective of producing talent for the national team.
A renewed focus on technical proficiency and away from physical strength was preached and, by 2003, a country-wide talent development programme employing 1000 UEFA-B-licensed coaches had been introduced.
Klinsmann undoubtedly channeled the zeitgeist within the DFL when he came in as manager and deserves credit for helming its first embodiment at a national tournament.
He redefined the manager’s role, bringing in Oliver Bierhoff to deal with non-coaching tasks and had the thick skin to persevere with young talent and attacking football in the face of indifferent form in the build up to the 2006 World Cup.
However, England would be missing the point if they are appointing the former Tottenham striker in the hope that he can sketch the blueprints for another star above the Three Lions ten years down the line.
To do that they need to find a method of compelling bottom-line-obsessed Premier League clubs to buy into a long-term endeavor which has the philosophical health of the national team at its chief goal.