- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 8, 2007
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A couple days after the news of Frank Yallop leaving the LA Galaxy to move north to coach the expansion San Jose Earthquakes, it may appear that the Galaxy have found their man to replace Yallop. Ruud Gullit is being linked by several sources as the next Galaxy manager.
Gullit, known for his phrase “sexy football” has apparently been in the air towards this side of the pond to meet with the Galaxy about their coaching vacancy. The Galaxy have refused to comment on the news of Gullit.
The Galaxy wanted a high profile guy to replace Yallop and Gullit’s playing career certainly qualifies him. A two-time World Player of the Year and one-time European Footballer of the Year, Gullit collected plenty of titles including the Champions League, Italian and Dutch titles during a career that saw him play for Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven, AC Milan, Sampdoria and Chelsea.
However, the 45-year-old’s coaching career isn’t as impressive as his playing career. He stepped into management while at Chelsea, taking over as player-manager when Glenn Hoddle left to manage England in 1996.
He guided the Blues to a FA Cup in 1997 and took them to second in the Premier League, but was then fired for a disagreement with the club’s board.
He moved to Newcastle where he took the team to the FA Cup final, but results soon were bad and Gullit resigned early in the 1999-2000, just days after benching star striker Alan Shearer in a defeat to arch-rivals Sunderland.
Gullit took time out of football before returning to management in his homeland with Feyenoord. However, he lasted only one season, guiding the club to fourth place, before resigning.
Is Gullit the right man for the job? Honestly by looking at his coaching resume he is not. Too many bouncing around from club to club leads me to believe he would probably not last long in a place that has a lot of expectations to win next season. Plus I am not sure how he would be with the younger players that the Galaxy have and will have (plenty of draft picks) and you never know how a coach like this will be able to deal with the circus that is around David Beckham all the time.
I still believe deep down that the Galaxy need to move Lalas out before they make any coaching decisions but it looks as though they won’t if this news is indeed true. I would much rather see someone who knows the MLS game rather than someone who doesn’t as well.