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Hamlett Named Fire Coach

Longtime assistant coach Denis Hamlett will soon be named Chicago Fire head coach, says the Southtown Star's Nick Firchau. An unnamed source said the club made a formal approach to Hamlett on Thursday and that he would accept the offer as early as Friday. Hamlett, 39, has been with the Fire since the team's inception in 1998.  

As Firchau says, Hamlett's hiring puts an end to a "sluggish" and drawn-out search to replace former head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who last month traded Chicago for the New York Red Bulls. Earlier in the week, reports linked Houston Dynamo assistant coach John Spencer with the Fire job, but Spencer later pulled out after failing to negotiate personal terms.

After Spencer turned his back on the offer, Firchau says it fell "in the lap of Hamlett," who had been passed over for the job six months earlier when Osorio took over. Unfortunately, Hamlett comes into the position looking like a last resort, especially after Spencer proclaimed the offer "wasn't much more money than I [was making] here with the Dynamo."

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