- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 25, 2009
- 4 Comments
- Coaching Changes, Denis Hamlett
Its news that won’t shock many and it’s also news that came down last night (as mentioned on Twitter I was slammed with work at my day-job). Denis Hamlett will not be returning next season as head coach of the Chicago Fire as the club decided not to renew his contract.
Hamlett took over as Fire head coach before the 2008 season, replacing Juan Carlos Osorio. In two seasons as head coach, Hamlett posted a 24-17-19 regular season record and guided the Fire to two straight Eastern Conference finals.
From what I’ve been reading around this morning Hamlett was basically a lame duck with the Fire management and the only way he was going to get a contract renewal was if he guided the Fire to a MLS Cup title this season. Like I’ve mentioned plenty of times on here this year the Fire had really high expectations and not reaching them would come at a cost, and that was Hamlett’s job.
Now where will the Fire turn to? Most figured they’d go after former Chivas USA coach Preki before Toronto snatched him up. Some now are saying that former Fire midfielder Chris Armes is one of the names in the running along with former DC head coach Tom Soehn, Chivas USA assistant Martin Vasquez, former KC head coach Curt Onalfo, and interim New York boss Richie Williams. Honestly I kind of see Soehn taking the job but it could go to Armes as well.
I do believe that letting Hamlett go is a mistake on the Fire’s part but we all knew this would be a rebuilding off season for the Fire with so many key players leaving the club. Hamlett was unfortunately going to be one of those parts going too.
Don’t be shocked to see Hamlett fall somewhere else in a hurry. Clubs like DC, New York, and Chivas all still need a manager here and you gotta figure Hamlett has to be at the top of some lists now.