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So Many Rumors…

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Usually I have to wait for one of the transfer windows to sink my teeth into some sweet, sweet speculation, but with the rash of managers getting fired and rumors of upcoming player movement it looks like I’m going to have to open up the Rumor Mill for a little while.

  • YaYa Toure to NYCFC to replace the departing/retiring Andrea Pirlo?  I can see this happening, he’s 34, probably not in the long (or even short) term plans at Manchester City, so why not sign a cushy two year deal, play for another former Man City star, enjoy all that Manhattan has to offer, and then call it a career?
  • Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese (and one time Revolution player) and Revolution legend Steve Ralston (currently an assistant in San Jose) continue to be mentioned as replacements for Jay Heaps in New England, but a few other names have emerged as well:  former USMNT goalkeeper (and USMNT U19 coach) Brad Friedel and USMNT U18 coach Omid Namazi (who has interviewed for the position) being the most frequently mentioned.
  • Ronald Koeman is out at Goodison Park and the list of names being churned out by the rumor mill is almost endless:  David UnsworthD(current U23 coach for the Toffees), Ryan Giggs (also linked to the job at Leicester City), Sean Dyche (Burnley), Marco Silva (Watford), Carlo Ancelotti (most recently of Bayern Munich), and Thomas Tuchel (most recently at Borussia Dortmund).
  • The thankless job of turning things around for the USMNT is yet to be filled and new names seem to be popping up every day.  The most recent one that I’m hearing that Laurent Blanc (formerly of PSG, Bordeaux, and France) may be interested in the job.  Sam Allardyce is apparently openly campaigning for the job.  That doesn’t fill me with hope, but at least that means he won’t be in charge of Scotland! Whatever the case, U.S. soccer appear to want to name Tab Ramos as interim manager soon, but Ramos wants the job on a permanent basis.
  • Several high profile U.S. soccer supporters are reportedly urging Landon Donovan to challenge Sunil Gulati for the role of USSF president.  There’s no doubt in my mind that Gulati has to go, but Donovan?  I don’t know, there’s name recognition, but what else?
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3 comments on “So Many Rumors…

  1. Kevin Nellis
    October 24, 2017

    Is Sean Dyche really a possibility? He has been doing very well at Burnley, and I cannot see why he would leave at this point in the season. Everton’s problems stem (in no particular order) from A- Bringing back Rooney; B-Putting all their eggs in the Grioud basket; C-Too many midfielders; D-Taking spending advice from Walsh (are there really that many Vardy’s hanging around?)

    I would really like to know how many of their summer acquisitions had Koeman’s blessing and how many were “gifts” he had to accept graciously.

  2. Kevin Nellis
    October 24, 2017

    On another note, I am curious on your thoughts regarding the NASL lawsuit and US Soccer claiming that multiple teams being owned by the same group of owners is a “bad” idea. Isn’t that essentially the current structure of MLS?!

  3. weefuse
    October 24, 2017

    Dyche has been very cagey when asked about leaving Burnley for Everton/Leicester. His response generally being, “Well, eventually I will, yes.” He could just be having a laugh with the reporters, but…

    I agree with your take on Koeman. I think he’s been made the fall guy for all of the things you list.

    As to the NASL, USSF, MLS situation, I think all it illustrates is the extent to which Gulati and Garber are in bed together. I fully believe they intend to kill off any and all leagues hoping to achieve “Second Division” status and replace them with the long-rumored “MLS2.” I think this is one reason you hear about MLS being open to the bids so many different cities at the moment. I’m sure they have no plans of having 30 clubs in MLS.

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This entry was posted on October 24, 2017 by in Bundesliga, CONCACAF, Everton F.C., Major League Soccer, New England Revolution, The Rumor Mill, USMNT.
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