On Wednesday the Montreal Impact named former Chicago Fire boss Frank Klopas as the Canadian sides new head coach.
Klopas, 47, has signed a three-year deal to lead the Impact after Swiss coach Marco Schällibaum has been shown the door after just one season in charge by eccentric Montreal owner Joey Saputo.
The appointment comes after Klopas broke his long-standing relationship with the Fire, following a disappointing season last year when the Illinois club failed to make the 2013 MLS postseason. Klopas had originally joined the Fire as a technical director but was thrust into an interim role as head coach when Carlos de los Cobos was fired in 2011 and then took the job permanently.
Klopas’ appointment continues the theme of the last year or so, as plenty of ex-MLS coaches and players are finding jobs in charge of MLS sides. The former Chicago Fire and USMNT forward, who helped the Fire win an MLS Cup an Open Cup during their inaugural season, will be well used to the rigors and ways of MLS management and is a good fit for Montreal.
Some believed Schällibaum should’ve been given another season to prove his worth after the Impact started last season off superbly and were top of the Eastern Conference for most of the early months of the campaign before dropping off badly and being knocked out in the first round of the playoffs.
In addition, the club announced that Mauro Biello (assistant coach), Youssef Dahha (goalkeeper coach) and Paolo Pacione (fitness coach) will all remain part of the coaching staff.
Seems like Montreal owner Saputo is going for substance over style by appointing Klopas, but one thing is for sure, this man knows MLS inside out and will be planning to bring plenty of success to Quebec.
In some ways, all managers are the same: intelligent football men messing around with the puzzle that is winning matches.
But to listen to Jurgen Klopp’s introductory press conference is to get a different view. While some managers sound like they create the puzzles, or even create the game itself, Klopp speaks of the challenge with reverence.
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In other words, it seems unlikely we will be hearing him utter phrases designed at painting himself as a Picasso of the pitch, rather that of a museum curator.
For example, here’s the new Liverpool boss on the club’s history.
From JPW on Merseyside:
“Twenty-five years ago [since the last league title] is a long time,” Klopp said. “History is only the base for us, [we shouldn’t] keep the history in our backpack all day. I want to see the first step next week and not always compare with other times. This is a great club with big potential. Everything is there. Let’s try to start a new way. Everything is different – I don’t know it all but I’m a pretty good listener.”
The “normal one” speaks like an honor student, not the know-it-all professor demanding students regurgitate facts from the book he wrote and tossed on the syllabus.
And perhaps this is the manner in which the Reds will add a new, positive chapter to their storied history.
Broadcaster and New York soccer hero Shep Messing caused quite a stir with his comments during the Red Bulls/Impact match on Wednesday, and those words have cause plenty of reaction in MLS.
If you missed it, Messing claims that New York City FC is ready to move on from Jason Kreis after just one season, and that Seattle coach Sigi Schmid is set to swap jobs with the NYC boss.
Messing also claims that Caleb Porter could end his disappointing run in Portland to head back to college soccer.
Kreis and Schmid disagree. The latter says he loves the Sounders and is committed to bringing an MLS Cup to Seattle. Kreis was just flabbergasted.
“I was watching the game last night, and it caught me completely by surprise. I thought that was an absolutely ludicrous statement and unfounded,” Kreis said after training Thursday. “I have no knowledge of that information at all, and I kind of scratch my head because at the end of the day I’m very happy here.”
So is there any truth here? The Porter part makes sense, especially if the Timbers fail to make the postseason again and the brash coach wishes to go back to a place where he’s had success.
As for Schmid and Kreis, that’s a curious one. Maybe NYC’s star studded roster would like a change, and Schmid has more success with big egos. And Kreis would thrive just about anywhere, but why would NYC ditch a man who built this from scratch? They’ve invested so much in the ex-RSL legend.