Monday, July 03, 2006


If Mr Bruce Arena does leave the job as manager of Team USA, who should replace him?
Here are the first 13 names on my audacious list (please add yours in the comments section).

1. Big Phil
2. Ken The Keeper
2. Dick Advocaat
2. Grinsy Klinsy
3. Bob Bradley
4. Pitr Nowak
5. Sacha Cirovski
6. Drew Carey
7. Sven Goren Erickson
8. Dave O'Brien & Marcelo Balboa
9. Frank Yallop
10. Steve Nicol & Paul Mariner
11. Ryan Seacrest
12. Spike Lee
13. Steve Sampson


Anonymous Josh said...

What are the chances Big Phil will leave Portugal? He's not really looking. I mean, wasn't the whole thing with the FA just to mess with England's head?

9:23 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

a better question might be, what are the chances ryan seacrest will leave american idol?

beyond all that, big phil has become my hero, and gene hackman can play him in the movie

10:51 PM  
Anonymous bq said...

I would love to see Advocat as head of team. Of course Hiddink would be interesting also but he will be freezing his ass off in Russia. Ha!

Most realistically the job will go to Bruce's senior but understudy on the Nat team, Glenn Myernick. Other coach's whom I know and have met Myernick and listened to him talk say he is a great tactician of the game. But that is only a fraction of what your job as head coach of the mens national team is about, albeit a important fraction. Though one could mold the support positions around your weakness's to fill the gaps.

I was recently talking to a good friend of mine whom is a coach who lives and works here in MN. but is from Whales. When he first came here he was really blown away at the difference in coaching styles here in the states compared to the U.K. In the U.K. a "manager" is truly a manager and he has hired coaches to do the training. There is sometimes very little contact between the managers and the players. This same coach has attended training sessions for the U.S. Nat team and said Arena was out there laying out disks and handing out bibs.

In general, coaches in the U.S. are more hands on. European coaches at least, do more managing and tactical stuff and tell the trainers what he wants to work on and lets the trainers sort it out in how that will be placed into a training session. So even though I like the idea of having a world class coach come into the U.S. team I think there would be some big adjustments all the way around.

6:45 AM  
Anonymous bq said...


Laughing at my self for spelling the country of Wales as Whales. It was way too early in the morning when I posted that. I can't be held responsible. Either that or I was too hung over from the night before.... either way I have to say to myself....dumb ass!

9:28 AM  
Blogger Eric PZ said...


8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm available...

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

uh, not quite sure why my post came up as anonymous. It's me, for real...

- Ken

1:35 PM  

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