Monday, November 5, 2007

Seats are getting hotter

I'm constantly amazed by the never-ending turnover within the Mexican coaching ranks. One coach after another after another is fired during each and every season. Not sure what the count is up to this season but I think it was around five when I stopped keeping tabs.

It seems that high turnover ratio seems to be making its way north. In 2007, we've seen two of the three most successful MLS clubs as well as the league's richest team all change coaches.

This year alone, Chicago fired Dave Sarachan, New York (essentially) fired Bruce Arena and the Galaxy (didn't have to but also pretty much) fired Frank Yallop.

I don't know if it's just coincidence or whether certain teams have set their standards high or what but turnover is the word now with some MLS teams. Arena's successor will be the team's fourth (fifth if you count AB, I mean, Richie Williams) since the last part of 2005; Yallop's successor will be the Galaxy's third coach in that same time frame while DC and Chicago are each on coach number two in just the last 12 months.

And through it all, Fernando Clavijo keeps his job. Un-f-ing-believable.

Well, I guess some things never change.


The Hammer said...

10 coaches fired in the Mexican league at last count...

Bonji said...

Seriously, how does Clavijo still have a job? He somehow convinced his bosses that 2 Western Conference Final appearances is success. I guess Jeff Plush doesn't look at how you get there just if you did. I don't understand that either. Clavijo is in Brazil and is calling into From The Pitch tonight ( I'm hoping Balboa will ask if he is actually working (ie scouting) or just avoiding the axe we all see as inevitable.