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The Fire's Never-Ending Coach Search

  • Goal.com, Monday, January 7, 2008 2 PM
Goal.com's Kyle McCarthy asks the pertinent question: Why hasn't the Chicago Fire named a successor for Juan Carlos Osorio yet? Two months after losing the Colombian to the New York Red Bulls, the Fire looks no closer to having a replacement. Even stranger, McCarthy says, is the decidedly weak list of potential successors. The Chicago Tribune's Luis Arroyave says Chicago GM John Guppy has interviewed 12 candidates for the job, which McCarthy says is "a domestic net so wide as to beggar belief considering [Guppy] conducted a similar search six months ago" (Osorio was only on the job for six months).

Among McCarthy's "puzzling" names: Mike Matkovich, who enjoyed success as a youth coach but has just one year of MLS experience as a second assistant with Toronto FC, former U.S. national teamer Frank Klopas, who hasn't coached in MLS, Fire goalkeeping coach Daryl Shore, and Mike Jeffries, the former Dallas Burn head coach who's career has gone downhill since. Among the more other contenders are New England Revs assistant Paul Mariner, Fire assistant Denis Hamlett, and Houston Dynamo assistant John Spencer.

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