Uneasy feeling as Whitecaps still without coach

December 6, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver Whitecaps In MLS, Whitecaps Season 2013 | Leave a comment

The present gap departing coach Martin Rennie left is beginning to gnaw at me. Without a coach, the Whitecaps are like an orphan, and the lack of certainty is very discomforting.

Like all football fans, I want the best players and coaches to be on my team. I worry that we may lose out on the front runners for the coaching position and have to settle for second best.

The key figure in the coaching question seems to be Jason Kreis, whose contract is up with his current team Real Salt Lake. RSL play in the final tomorrow, which may be the last hurrah for Kreis with RSL. There are several Major League Soccer teams who are vying for his services including Real Salt Lake (who reportedly have tabled an offer to him), the expansion NYCFC, and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The fact the Whitecaps are waiting to announce their new coach after the MLS Cup suggests the Whitecaps want to make a bid for Kreis, who will be in the enviable position of being the subject of a bidding war. NYCFC have deep pockets, and may well win it. If Kreis wins the MLS Cup, he will be in the position to demand a far prettier penny than if he loses it. The stakes are very high indeed.

The Whitecaps have interviewed Bob Bradley, who seems to be the back up plan if Kreis is unattainable. But Will Bradley love us back? Does he have his heart set on a more glamorous European post?

Carl Robinson, who was one of Martin Rennie’s assistant coaches, seems to be plan C. If Kreis and Bradley fall through, we know the players love Robinson, but is he really an improvement over Martin Rennie? Don’t we want a solid, more experienced coach?

I have pinned my hopes on Bob Bradley. He is an excellent coach and has more experience than Kreis in any event. Having been the US men’s national team coach, Bradley will have built up loyalty among top American players who may want to play for him. He has been successful in MLS previously, and has coached the US national team in the World Cup of 2010.

I hope he agrees to be our coach. I would love to have him on board, and I think he would love the challenge of managing a squad of players which is ready to breakout as a potentially great MLS team.

The Whitecaps have said they will announce their new coach next week after the MLS Cup. I can hardly wait, and I hope our new coach will inspire us fans and take the Vancouver Whitecaps to the level we deserve.

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