- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 11, 2008
- 2 Comments
I think in a way a countdown has been on for sometime here with Alexi Lalas and his time with the LA Galaxy. Lalas has trade teams more as a GM than as a player here in the last few years and honestly I see it as a matter of time before his time in LA ends as well.
This all comes from the talk from a podcast at World Soccer Daily. If you’ve never checked out World Soccer Daily you should start now. Great site and always an interesting listen.
Anyways, the rumor has it that new LA coach Rudd Gullit and Lalas aren’t seeing eye-to-eye. Lalas likes to hand pick players one way and Gullit has his own style (go figure right?). Apparently they have been at ends with one another for a few weeks now and Lalas may be on the chopping block from AEG and could see the pink slip this summer.
To Galaxy fans this should come as no surprise. Former Galaxy coach and now current San Jose coach Frank Yallop was typically at odds with how Lalas picked players and signed them without his liking.
It only makes sense that Gullit would find the same disliking for Lalas’s style of management. If you want my honest opinion on Lalas, he wants to be a coach without actually having to coach. Which is a GM (I know) but his style doesn’t seem to be meeting the style of any coach that he has worked with or even any owner that he has worked with. I think even AEG has fired/moved him/made him quit a couple of times already when he was in San Jose and New York.
Now I know on the link above has long time Galaxy hater (well of three or four years is long time) Steven Cohen. Some may say he isn’t a steady source, especially since he decided to be a Chivas fan the day the club was found and turn his love into hate for the Galaxy after being fired from them.
But with that said it still shouldn’t come as a surprise to see Lalas be fired from the Galaxy, unless the Galaxy actually do well this season. Winning usually cures all in sports and usually saves jobs in the same token. That’s all Lalas can hope for here is winning this season.
My take really is and has been for sometime to see Lalas go from the front office of any MLS club. He doesn’t belong there and has typically shown us why he doesn’t belong in any front office. His track record should speak for itself. He likes big name players who draw well but does not look into factors like coaches do (fitness, hard work, etc.).
History should show us soon enough, if it already hasn’t that Lalas and a front office position don’t work well with one another. I think AEG and the Galaxy would do fine with out Lalas this year. I think most Galaxy fans would agree to that as well.