For the third time in as many years, the Montreal Impact have a new head coach.
After a disastrous late-season collapse that saw the Impact defeated early in the MLS Cup playoffs, owner Joey Saputo decided to make a change in manager, hiring former Chicago Fire head coach Frank Klopas to take charge of the Impact in the 2014 season.
The search for a new head coach took a little more than two months but Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt believes he found just the right person to take the club into what he called "a new era."
On Tuesday afternoon, the Crew officially introduced Gregg Berhalter as the club's seventh head coach and first sporting director at a press conference at Crew Stadium, giving fans and the media a chance to see Berhalter for the first time in person since he was hired on November 6.
At his season review press conference with the media on Tuesday, Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo shot down reports that recently retired Impact defender Alessandro Nesta would be the club's next head coach.
Reports surfaced last Friday that Nesta was in line to replace current head coach Marco Schallibaum, who in his first year as the Impact's manager lead the team to a tremendous start before a poor run at the end of the season and a 3-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo to crash out of the playoffs.
Let's just say there have certainly been better times for the "other" club in Los Angeles. Yet another dismal year on the field in 2013 – resulting in the dismissal of two head coaches – led to what was perhaps MLS' biggest news item of the offseason: the purchase by the league of the club from former owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes.
This is being posted exactly 4 weeks before the opening kick of the Rapids season at 2pm on March 15th. As of this moment the Rapids still officially have no head coach. Not only that, the only rumors we've heard about when it comes to specific candidates is the on-going talk around Pablo Mastroeni. This was most evident in the quote from Jose Mari earlier this week:
I know that the coach, Pablo, is an institution at the club, that he's been here for many years and is a very important man for the Colorado Rapids organization.
The Rapids and Dallas just made it official 20 minutes ago. Dallas buys out Pareja's contract and send allocation money and their natural 2015 first-round Superdraft pick to Colorado and hired Oscar Pareja as their coach. The Rapids are now looking for a coach, and reports are they're going to take a while.
The Colorado Rapids exceeded expectations in 2013, in large part to the leadership provided by head coach Oscar Pareja. If the Rapids are going to stay on their upward arc, they will have to do so with a different man in charge.
After sifting through over 200 candidates, the San Antonio Scorpions decided to give Alen Marcina the head coaching job on a full time basis.
Marcina took over for San Antonio on an interim basis following the sacking of Tim Hankinson on August 27, and went 3-5-1 in the final eight games as the Scorpions finished the Fall season in last place.
Not surprisingly, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has decided not to renew Bob Bradley's contract as coach of the national team after the nation exited in the World Cup playoffs stage due to their aggregate defeat to Ghana.
EFA Chairman Gamal Allam said:
"Bob Bradley's contract ended this night, and we will not renew for him.
With the introduction of a new coach some players on the Chicago Fire looked for new opportunities to make their mark during the 2014 MLS preseason. One such player is striker Quincy Amarikwa. The 26-year old continued to impress as the Fire closed out preseason play last Saturday night against Chivas Rayadas, scoring a late goal to seal the victory and give Chicago the 2-0 win in the final of the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson, Arizona.
It's definitely crisis o'clock at Stuttgart. The Swabians are one of the Bundesliga's biggest clubs and regular European competitors who last won the championship as recently as 2007. Their coach back then was a guy call Armin Veh. He is now the coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, who were responsible (in part at least) for Stuttgart eighth consecutive defeat on Sunday.
After San Marino's Giampaolo Mazza, Denmark's Morten Olsen is the longest serving international manager in Europe in charge of the national team since July 2000. Andy Greeves speaks to the former star midfielder about his playing days, managerial ambitions and an upcoming friendly with England.
Fort Worth will be fielding a club this summer in the NPSL. We were curious about the vision of this new start-up. So here are 10 questions with the Fort Worth club's Technical Director/Head Coach Mark Snell.
Q: When and how are we going to know the name of the new club?
A: The top 3 names will be posted along with a write in on our website with the winner announced at a special event at the Stockyards on February 13 at 3:30pm before the cattle drive which will be a fun event for our supporters.
DPMM FC's players have reacted positively to the appointment of Steve Kean as the team's new coach. The former manager of England's Blackburn Rovers FC will be leading the Sultanate's only professional club this season following the departure of Croatian Vjeran Simunic last November. "I believe that Kean will be able to bring the team back on its feet this year and challenge for the title in the Singapore League (S-League)," captain Rosmin Hj Mohd Kamis said in an interview with The Brunei Timesyesterday.
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has jumped before he was pushed, announcing that he will step down as AC Milan at the end of the season.
The pressure has been building on the Milan coach, who led the Rossoneri to the Serie A title in 2011. But this year has been a disaster in the red side of Milan, with Allegri's side currently 13th in the Serie A table, 17 points outside the Champions League places and 27 behind league leaders Juventus.
After guiding Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande an Asian Cup title and a berth in this year's Club World Cup, head coach Marcello Lippi has hinted that it might be time for him to step back from the world of soccer management.
In an interview given to Italian paper La Repubblica in Rome, the former World Cup winner Lippi admitted that he plans to see out his contract with Guangzhou and it could be his last head coaching job.
They were both born in 1951. Mack Brown, head coach at the University of Texas, is three months older than Nick Saban, head coach at the University of Alabama.
As head coaches at their respective schools, they both have appeared multiple times in the BCS National Championship game. Saban has the better overall record in the BCS title game among the two of them, 3-0 to Brown's 1-1 (Saban won one other in his only appearance as head coach of LSU, so he is 4-0-overall).
New York City FC have their head coach, and soon they could have the location for their soccer-specific stadium.
On the same night that Jason Kreis was officially announced as NYCFC's first head coach, a report from the New York Post surfaced Tuesday that said the club was close to finalizing a deal for a 28,000-seat stadium in the Bronx just south of Yankee Stadium.
The basis of player development has always been face to face interaction between the coach and the player, but our analysis of feedback from over 500 practicing Soccer Coaches at all levels in Europe, Asia and North America, clearly shows that this is not the only way coaches are now engaging with players.
The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) liked enough of what they saw from Miguel Herrera to decide against finding what would have been the fifth coach of the Mexican national team since September.
Following a meeting of the Liga MX owners, many of whom make up the board of directors of the FMF, national team directorHéctor González Iñarritu announced that Herrera would take over as head coach on a permanent basis when his season ends with Club America.
Firing managers is commonplace in soccer. The quickest fix to a sinking ship or ship floating adrift at sea is relieving the head coach of his command. Maybe its my usual nature to be one of the last to join any coach firing fan contingent, but I feel Hackworth earned at least one more offseason in charge.