- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 10, 2009
- 6 Comments
- Coaching Hot Seat, Curt Onaflo, Frank Yallop, Jason Kreis, Juan Carlos Osorio, Schellas Hyndman
A few of you have asked me lately when I was going to write about the good ol’ MLS coaching hot seat again. Last season I updated it pretty regularly during the year since there was plenty of bad coaching to discuss. Thing is I wanted to wait a while this season so we could get a better measure of which coaches were going to be good and which were going to have a seat that was a little warm.
First and foremost I’d like to say that in most situations I am not a fire the coach kind of guy in the middle of the season. I think most of the time you can wait the course and allow the season to do the work for you before you can a guy or not. Thing is soccer just like most sports (and life for that matter) isn’t always the case. Coaches either resign on their own before getting canned or management finally says to hell with them and sends them the pink slip.
So this year I gave most coaches at least 11 or 12 games to let me see if they were good or not for the job. Right now I’d say a few guys are feeling the heat just a bit. Now again before you see your coach and think there is no chance in hell he will get fired, sit back and be reasonable about it. I have no emotional connection to any of these clubs or coaches so it makes this a lot easier to see after watching 12 weeks worth of games. Just be reasonable-objective guy (or gal) here and not super-emotional guy/gal. I know in most situations these guys aren’t gonna get canned anytime soon.
Also, if you think for some reason I missed a coach on this list, please list him below with your reasons.
MLS Coaching Hot Seat: 2009 Edition:
1. Juan Carlos Osorio (New York): Right now according to SportsClubStats.com (great site by the way), the Red Bulls have a 0.5 percent chance of making the playoffs this season. After 14 games there is really little hope that this club will turn it around and a big reason why is not just the coaching from Osorio but the talent HE brought in for this season hasn’t paid off. I think over the last two seasons we have seen exactly how overrated of a coach he really is. While canning him now won’t help the club on the field it will help them out in terms of talent brought in this summer since he wouldn’t be making the moves. The more talent he brings in the less successful this club has been.
2. Frank Yallop (San Jose Earthquakes): Yallop is nearly in the same boat as Osorio as far as the bringing the wrong talent in. However I do believe his butt is cooling off a bit here with recent moves and recent play. You are seeing him unload some talent to make a couple serious moves this summer that could help in the long run. Still nine points in 12 games is not progression for the second-year Quakes. I don’t think Yallop will get canned this season but he does need a good turn around soon if he wants to return next season.
3. Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas): For the most part it isn’t the poor moves to the roster that has doomed Hyndman in Dallas it is really a lack of quality coaching and tactics on his part that has hurt this side more than anything this season. He is given a very long rope from management to do whatever he wants with the club. This means some moves are slowly paying off but others are still failing to work out in this league. Sadly enough it will take a whole lot for Hyndman to go in Dallas.
4. Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake): Sometimes high expectations can cause a lot of heat when things aren’t met right away. A lot of people had RSL as their projected Western champs this season. I wasn’t buying into it as much as others. While I like Kreis and believe he is a good fit in Salt Lake I do believe some of the moves he has made haven’t worked out. Throw in the fact that his club has been flat and lacking quality energy for the past month and a half is really dooming their playoff chances for this season. Let’s not forget that this side was an average 10-10-10 side last season. Some moves need to be made quick to save this season and get this club back to where everyone expected them to be at the start of the season. Its still going to take a bit to get him canned but another average season like last year and management may have some serious thinking to do this winter, especially if this bunch fails to reach the post season.
5. Chris Cummings (Toronto FC): Cummings is one of those that will feel heat no matter what I believe. TFC fans are some of the best in the league and deserve a quality side. Thing is I am wondering if Cummings is the right man for it right now. A lot rests on whether or not his club gets a quality striker this summer or not.
6. Curt Onaflo (Kansas City Wizards): Onaflo is one that is kind of luke warm right now for me. His club is currently in playoff contention and should be there in contention for the rest of the season. Thing is his constant switching around his offense is puzzling when you have a true goal scorer like Josh Wolff. I feel his club is good but not getting the right results consistently at home is hurting them. I doubt Onaflo will get fired this season, but I do question whether he is still a good long-term fit for this club.