Coaches Searching For New Jobs?By: Brian | May 28th, 2011
I am not one to take pleasure in someone losing their job, unless they happen to be a part of Rangers FC in Glasgow, then they can all just go away. Yet, managers being sacked for teams underperforming is a reality in sports. As the month of May winds down there are already several coaches who are in danger of joining the ranks of the unemployed.
The Worst of the Worst:
1) Carlos de los Cobos (Chicago Fire) – While Frank Klopas and Michael Jeffries have not done him any favors with presenting their manager with little roster stability, de los Cobos has managed to take some very good talent and make it very mediocre at best. The journeyman manager from Mexico could very well be the first manager to be replaced in the 2011 season.
2) Peter Vermes (Sporting KC) – New name, new grounds, and decent star power in Kamara and Bunbury, yet the results remain woefully disappointing. Granted, they have only played 8 matches and are yet to play in front of the hometown fans but outside of the season opener, KC has shown little promise of turning things around and often seem utterly clueless when defending.
Stumbled Out of the Gate but All Hope Is Not Lost:
1) Robin Fraser (Chivas USA) – A couple weeks ago, Fraser would have made this list but it seems his club is starting to buy into his new philosophy. He has managed to rescue the season of Chivas and buy himself another year on the sidelines.
2) Aron Winter (Toronto FC) – This situation has Ruud Gullit written all over it. Great European star with big time experience who doesn’t have the patience to build a winner in MLS. Of course, it is still very early and he may prove to be a MLS genius but giving up 6 goals at home is inexcusable!
3) Teitur Thordarson (Vancouver) – So often around the world we see that the manager who gets a club promoted (or at least the US version of promotion) doesn’t get the chance to see success at the highest levels. I hope this is not the case with Thordarson. Besides, we could all use a little more Iceland in our lives.
4) Frank Yallop (San Jose) – Personally, I am not a big fan of Yallop but what he did with the Quakes last year earned him respect all over the league. Wondo should keep Yallop safe for at least another year.
Not to be completely negative but here are my top 3 candidates for Manager of the Year so far…
1) Piotr Nowak (Philadelphia) – The story of the Union in 2011 has shocked most fans of the MLS. Their success does not appear to be a fluke and most of the credit goes to the Polish genius on the sidelines.
2) Robert Warzycha (Columbus) – Keeping the Polish theme going, I was sure that the Crew would be sitting bottom of the Eastern Conference table all season given the personnel moves they made this past winter. However, 13 points in 10 matches has me taking notice of the work being done by Warzycha.
3) John Spencer (Portland) – Making an expansion/promotion franchise instantly competitive is a difficult task. Watching Portland play is always one of the highlights of my week. They probably won’t be a serious challenger for the MLS Cup but the Scottish manager in Portland has brought this club to the brink of long-term success.
I did not mention Bruce Arena, Hans Backe, Schellas Hyndman, or Jason Kreis mainly because their clubs are right where they should be. They are doing their jobs well but have yet to accomplish anything extraordinary like the managers mentioned above.
What are your thoughts? Who is the first to be sacked? Who is your leading candidate for best manager thus far?
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