Gordon Strachan is out as Scotland manager and the usual suspects are emerging to take his place. Alex McLeish (ugh) and David Moyes (maybe interesting?) have basically let it be known in the press that if they are asked they will serve. There’s a bit of a push being made for Paul Lambert, and heaven help us, some are saying that Sam Allardyce is the man for the job. I feel like there’s a John McEnroe clip I could insert here… Sam Allardyce?!
In the meantime, Malky Mackay will serve as caretaker manager of Scotland at least through their upcoming friendly with the Netherlands. Speaking of friendlies, maybe Scotland and the U.S. could play each other on a regular basis for the next year or so- it’s not like they are going to be busy doing anything else…
Bruce Arena is out as USMNT manager- works for me! I’m not sure who the person is to take on this job, but I hope that person is given a good long contract and far-reaching powers to reshape the entire system, not just the senior national team. Otherwise I think we’re in for more of the same going forward.
Some of the names being bandied about to replace Arena: Portland Timber’s coach Caleb Porter, USMNT U20 coach and technical director Tab Ramos, Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes, and Huddersfield Town coach David Wagner. Wagner is the one I find most interesting: German-born former USMNT player, coached Pulisic when he was with the Borussia Dortmund reserves, secured Huddersfield’s promotion from the Championship to the Premiership (where they are a very comfortable 11th place after seven matches), and favors an attacking style of play.
Sunil Gulati took “full responsibility” for the USMNT’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in thirty years and then promptly did not resign. Sunil, words matter. If you’re taking full responsibility for a failure this epic its time to move aside and give somebody else a turn. That’s U.S. soccer though, tone-deaf to the bitter end.