- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 7, 2013
- 1 Comments
- Coaching Changes, Features, Frank Yallop
Woah. I did not see this coming this quickly.
The San Jose Earthquakes and head coach Frank Yallop announced today that they have mutually agreed to part ways. Assistant coach Mark Watson has been named the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2013 season. Watson’s first game as head coach will be Saturday, June 15 at the Colorado Rapids.
You can read more about what the club said about Yallop here.
Yallop won two MLS Cups with the Quakes during his first coaching stint with the club in 2001-03, and then returned to lead the team during their 2008 reincarnation. He led the club to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010 before returning to the playoffs last year, where they eventually lost to the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference semifinals.
He was the Coach of the Year in MLS in 2012 as he lead the Quakes to an impressive 19-6-9 record along with the Supporters’ Shield.
The Earthquakes are 3-6-6 on the season and are near the bottom of the Western Conference table. San Jose has struggled all season long with injuries and suspensions which is why this move right now is so puzzling. You would figure they would give Yallop the benefit of the doubt here with all of this after coming off a Supporters’ Shield trophy last year.
The Quakes finished with a 57-61-54 record overall during Yallop’s second run with the team.
Yallop is the second manager change during the season this year. Chivas USA recently just made a manager change of their own after a rough start to the season.