- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 7, 2007
- 2 Comments
Obviously we all knew this was going to take place. Frank Yallop never looked nearly comfortable in LA during his time as Galaxy manager and once San Jose was announced as an expansion site for the 2008 season we knew it wouldn’t take long for Yallop to jump ship to his old digs. That much was simple but now comes the ever interesting task for the annoying GM of the Galaxy Alexi Lalas to find a replacement.
Word has it the Galaxy are looking for a ‘world-class’ profile manager to replace Yallop to lead the likes of David Beckham and Landon Donovan (if he stays on with the Galaxy, I still think he will too go back to San Jose via trade but that is another story for another day).
With the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann, Jose Mourinho and former USA coach Bruce Arena – who resigned as New York coach earlier on Monday – available, Lalas has admitted the Gals are looking for a high-profile coach for next season.
What the Gals need is a coach who can handle the spotlight that is created and surrounded by Beckham. Not to say Yallop couldn’t or didn’t handle the pressures that came with Golden Boots, it was just the success on the field never followed when he was there under Yallop. More importantly the Gals need a coach that knows the MLS and how to improve this club from the bottom to the top and handle working with a GM like Lalas. Yallop was never on the same page as Lalas, though I think it was more the other way around most of the time.
Out of the big names mentioned, I would actually count out all of them. Arena and Lalas don’t mix…at all really; Mourinho will probably be more likely to coach in New York before LA in my estimation; and Klinsmann is well, I honestly don’t know what to make of him at this point. The Gals may actually have a decent shot at landing him as a coach since he has California ties.
Any way you put it I do believe the Gals need a pretty high profile coach to lead the charge in Carson, but ultimatly I think first thing is getting Lalas out of town there and letting someone who knows how to put a good team together in there. Lalas had too many bad moves this season than good ones, and I really don’t think you can credit him for the late season run that they went on, that was mostly Yallop’s doing in my eyes.
Let Lalas go and then find a good coach is what I would like to see happen. What about you? Any other big names or names that the Gals need to be thinking of that are out there? Let it be known…