Clavijo Stepping Down

Clavijo Stepping Down

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 20, 2008
  • 2 Comments
  • Coaching Changes, Coaching Hot Seats, Fernando Clavijo

Fernando Clavijo is resigning as coach of the Rapids effective immediately, according to the Denver Post this morning. No real shocker here as Clavijo left the club earlier last week to be with his family in his native Uruguay. He mentions that he wants to help the club but needs to be with his family right now.

“A lot of things happened through the year that I was not happy with in many ways, but I think because of family now I’ve decided it’s the right time to put all my energy into my family and recharged my batters and myself, too,” Clavijo said.

Like I said last week, I believed it was one of those things were he was getting out before he was outed in the offseason. The front office decided not to do anything to him during the year but you can tell they gave him little confidence that he would be returning next season as the head coach of the Rapids.

Even though we all know he was going to get the boot at the end of the year it is almost always better to see someone leave on their own power.

Clavijo said he will inform the team of his decision and endorse assistant coach Gary Smith, who lead the team to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City last weekend. My bet is Smith will carry out the duties for the rest of the season and Colorado will push heavy for Houston assistant John Spencer in the offseason.

Are you shocked at all to see Clavijo stepping down right now? What does this mean for the Rapids?

  • American Dust

    I recently visited the Rapids stadium, took a tour, got to watch practice, then the entire team lined up and signed a ball for my three year old son, Coaches included. They were all very, very nice. I'm a bit sad to see Clavijo go, but I think it's probably best for everyone involved. But I suspect Smith is going to get a shot at the job fulltime (which is probably why he was brought over from Arsenal by the owner of both teams).

  • I recently visited the Rapids stadium, took a tour, got to watch practice, then the entire team lined up and signed a ball for my three year old son, Coaches included. They were all very, very nice. I’m a bit sad to see Clavijo go, but I think it’s probably best for everyone involved. But I suspect Smith is going to get a shot at the job fulltime (which is probably why he was brought over from Arsenal by the owner of both teams).