- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 12, 2007
- 0 Comments
No secret that New England assistant coach Paul Mariner(left) wants a head coaching gig in the MLS. The questions are most now days of where and when rather than if.
After being linked with a possible move to Toronto last week, before Reds coach turned away the rumors, Paul Mariner’s name had been mentioned in the New York coaching job as well as possibly some others. But with an opening in the Windy City, will the Fire be calling Mariner’s name before the MLS SuperDraft? We all know the kind of scout that Mariner is for the Revs and it would make perfect sense.
What does a team get with Mariner? Someone who knows the MLS game and the players. More importantly someone who knows how to properly scout talent in America for the MLS. Look what he has done over the years with Taylor Twellman and Pat Noonan. From what I hear he is a great coach and a pretty neat person to be around. Most players seem to like him so anyone would be stupid to not go for him.
But where does Mariner land? Would he be willing to stick it out and wait for an opening whenever New England boss Steve Nicol decideds to hang it all up or does he want to strike while the iron is hot? Its got to be the ladder of the two, and really where Mariner lands is the most interesting thing right now in this.
I could see him become Chicago’s next head coach but then again I could also see him elsewhere. Like maybe Chivas is Preki is to somehow leave. Or Colorado after next season or even during next season if the Rapid’s front office becomes wise and figures out that he’d be a better fit than what they have right now. Or maybe he will try his hand at building a club in Seattle in 2009? That may be a better fit all together in the end for him.
Either way, Revs fans would love to be able to keep him around as an assistant for as long as they can. I know I would.