Conflicting reports list Heath, Savarese as top coaching targets for Minnesota United

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With the club’s entrance into Major League Soccer looming, there are conflicting reports swirling around regarding one team’s manager situation.

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Minnesota United will officially join MLS in 2017, but the team has yet to name a head coach with less than four months to go until kick off.

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Various names have been floated about when it comes to the Loons and their next manager, but it appears that Adrian Heath and Giovanni Savarese could be the strongest candidates available, according to separate reports.

Empire of Soccer is reporting that former Orlando City manager Heath is in the lead to become Minnesota’s leader as the club transitions into MLS. Meanwhile, FiftyFive.One is contradicting that report, stating that New York Cosmos boss Savarese is very likely to be named the team’s manager.

Heath has been out of coaching since been sacked by Orlando during the 2016 MLS season. The Englishman was replaced by long-time MLS veteran player turned coach Jason Kreis, who finished out the campaign in charge for the Lions.

Savarese is fresh off of a third NASL championship with the Cosmos, with the team lifting its most recent title on Sunday night after taking down Indy Eleven in a penalty shootout. According to FiftyFive.One, the Cosmos have confirmed that Minnesota has yet to reach out to the NASL side to negotiate terms for a contract.

The Loons finished the 2016 NASL season in eighth place and missed out on the playoffs. The club was managed by Carl Craig, who led the team to a record of 12-8-14 in his 34 matches in charge.