- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 15, 2008
- 6 Comments
- Bruce Arena, Coaching Hires
It seemed like it was just old friends hanging out more than two guys talking about what’s wrong with the LA Galaxy. Well when you read comments made by AEG president Tim Leiweke about Bruce Arena during the ESPN broadcast of the match you may be able to read between the lines here.
Leiweke met with Arena yesterday before LA’s SuperClasico game with Chivas USA. It wasn’t exactly an interview but more of a meeting of the minds. But if those comments about Arena are any indication, it sounds as if the Galaxy coaching job is Arena’s take.
“No bones about it, if I could convince Bruce to join AEG and join the Galaxy, he’d be the ideal guy to come in here,” Leiweke said. “There’s not a better candidate. There’s not a better potential coach. He knows more about the game. I have more respect, Mr. Anschutz has great respect for Bruce, so we’d be honored to have him.
“Whether or not that happens, time will tell.”
“You don’t look at a guy like Bruce as a contender,” Leiweke said. “We’d be honored and privileged if Bruce was part of the organization, but the conversation tonight was really geared toward his input toward and his feelings towards what we’ve done right and what we’ve done wrong with this franchise.”
From the sound of this, the Galaxy should just go ahead and offer Arena the job.
“In my opinion, you have to look at Bruce and believe that this is the best coach that this league has ever had,” Leiweke said. “I don’t think he’s lost anything so it would be fantastic for this franchise if we could convince Bruce to join us here, but as I said, we have a ways to go before we’re going to know whether or not that’s the direction we or he are going in.”
“This won’t take long,” Leiweke said of the search for a new Galaxy coach. “We owe the team and the fans a quick conclusion to this process.”
Sounds like it’s Arena’s job for now. Instead of waiting until the end of the season AEG is hoping to get a quick fix to turn things around before the playoffs. Also, this tells me that they weren’t as interested in guys like Peter Nowak as previously thought (or Nowak just didn’t want to listen to them after the Olympics).
What do you make of Leiweke’s comments about Arena? Sound like Arena will be the next coach? Is it a good fit?