If the day or so after MLS regular season ends is the dark period for potential employment blows involving the non-playoff teams, this week would be the equivalent for the foursome that dropped out over the last few days.
And that means we probably won’t need long to find out about Sigi Schmid in Seattle, one way or the other.
New York, Los Angeles and New England also fell off the playoff roster last week, but none of those managers are going anywhere. Mike Petke is surely disappointed in failing to advance in his first playoff series bid with the Red Bulls, but he did well enough to be feel reasonably safe this year. (Although it certainly was interesting that ESPN’s Alexi Lalas said Sunday night that, according to Petke himself, the Red Bulls manager was not signed for the 2014 season. That’s a different version than we heard from Red Bulls brass, so that deserves some monitoring.)
Bruce Arena in L.A. is as safe as they come. And Jay Heaps did well for himself in getting the Revolution into the playoffs in his second season as a professional coach. He’s not going anywhere.
So we come to Schmid, the only manager Seattle has had during its MLS days.
His time at CenturyLink certainly hasn’t been a bust. Not even close. But considering the tremendous expectations of that franchise, considering the club’s relative lack of playoff success, and considering a history of sketchy Designated Player performance, it’s hard to like the man’s chances of being around for a sixth season in charge.
The club has seemed to arrive onto a plateau … and that certainly is not lost on Seattle’s ambitious upper management.
As player contracts are mostly up at the end of this month, it makes sense to get this done quickly – if it’s going to happen, that is.
Based on all the reports, it seems like a matter of when, not if, Jurgen Klopp will be named the next manager at Liverpool.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss had been heavily linked with the Liverpool job even before Brendan Rodgers was fired, and now that Rodgers is out, Klopp’s name is once again grabbing all the headlines.
While some reports state he could be appointed manager by the end of the week, nothing is official yet as Klopp is still in Germany, unemployed as of today.
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Klopp was approached by a reporter from German news outlet Bild in Leverkusen, and was asked about the vacant Liverpool job. While he did not confirm he was in talks with the club, he didn’t deny the links either.
There’s nothing to say. Neither a definite yes nor a definite no. I’m going home now.
It is believed that a deal between the club and the manager is in the works, with a few details still needed to be worked out before anything is made official.
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One of the biggest roadblocks in the deal is Liverpool’s use of a transfer committee when buying new players, while Klopp is supposedly keen on having full control over the team’s signings. The club has said no moves are made without the manager’s approval, although it is reported that Rodgers was limited on what players he could bring in, having multiple moves shot down by the committee.
Former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is still in the running for the vacant position, but at this time, Klopp is the out-and-out favorite to take over.
Sunderland is without a win and without a manager, as the Black Cats are in desperate need of some help.
After manager Dick Advocaat resigned following Sunderland’s 2-2 draw against West Ham, the club has been searching for a replacement to help lead the club off the bottom of the table.
Reports out of England state the North East club has approached former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson, who has been out of work after being fired over the summer.
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Pearson knows what it takes to win with a team in a relegation battle, as he led Leicester to a 14th place finish last season after sitting bottom of the table at Christmas. Still in last place in March, the Foxes won seven of their final nine matches to stay up in the Premier League.
However, Pearson was sacked over the summer after having a fall-out with the Leicester board, and it was well-documented that he had a tumultuous relationship with the club’s owners.
It is being reported that Sunderland’s technical director Lee Congerton approached Pearson about the job, but that club owner Ellis Short would rather bring former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on board.
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When you look at Nigel Pearson, he is a polar opposite of Dick Advocaat. Advocaat came to Sunderland towards the end of his managerial career, with experience winning titles with major clubs throughout Europe. However, he had never managed in the Premier League, and had no experience with a club fighting for survival.
Pearson, on the other hand, is fresh off a relegation battle and his fiery attitude may be what’s needed to turn Sunderland around. While Pearson may not always see eye-to-eye with the media or the board, he is fiercely loyal to his players and is a no-nonsense type-manager.
With the Premier League on an international break, Sunderland has a bit of time to figure things out, but expect Pearson’s name to continue to be linked with the job.