Who Shall Coach the Caps?

October 9, 2007 at 4:58 am | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2007 | Leave a comment

The job of coach of the Whitecaps must look like a very attractive proposition right now.  A new training center, an owner with lots of cash to spend, and a future which includes a new soccer stadium and possible entry into the MLS.  It is clear the Caps need someone with a relatively high profile with a proven record of success.  They also want someone who is going to have the team play attractive soccer.  Our team had attractive soccer when Dale Mitchell coached us, but he is otherwise occupied with the Canadian National team.  Nick Dasovic has put his hat in the ring, but I don’t think he quite has enough experience to coach a team of the Caps profile. 

Former national team coach Frank Yallop would be ideal, but is he obtainable?  He certainly has the pedigree to coach the team, and would attract quality players with his reputation for success.  But would he want to step down a level from MLS to coach a team that aspires to be in the MLS? A lot of money would need to be offered to get him to do this?  I, for one, think that he would be worth every penny. 

Another guy who would be great would be Colin Miller, currently an assistant coach with Derby County.  Colin has an established link to the Lover Mainland and would have the drive and ability to take the team to the next level.  He was a fantastic player, who played for Rangers in the SPL.  Again, it would take a lot of money to pry him from the Premier League to come home.  

Another possibility is Peter Beardsley, who spent some time with our strikers in the summer, unfortunately to no good effect!  Beardsley’s name is still legend in Vancouver but again, where would he get his players from?  A few years ago the caps took a couple of English youth on with Beardsley’s blessing, and both of them never got a game because they were to small and too slow…  Hardly a ringing endorsement of his ability to spot talent.

Of the three names I have heard, Yallop seems ideal because he knows the North American scene.  Miller I would rate as second best because his experience at top flight as a coach is not yet established.  Daso needs more experience as well, but one for the future for sure.  Beardsley?  Great publicity but would we get the good players and win games?

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