Thursday, May 10, 2007

Horrible Sick-In-The-Gut Feeling

As the days, weeks & months tick by without Sunil Gulati naming a permanent coach for Team USA it becomes more and more clear to me that his intent has become naming Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz as our leader.

While Bob Bradley has done a good enough job running the ship since December, Gulati has sat still not giving Bradley the full reigns. I have seen no reason why they would wait all this time and then give BB the job now. That would have been a total waste of everyone's time.

No, Gulati has been told to wait until the Man United season was over if he wants his guy. Sir Alex Ferguson has been showing Gulati that he is bigger than US Soccer by making them wait for the man they wanted since the day Klinsi said no.

And this thought of having Queiroz in charge of our beloved team is what gives me that brutal nausea.

Queiroz may be the assistant to one of the best club teams in the world, but his experience as a head man is nothing short of atrocious.

He is praised for being the svengali behind the Portuguese golden era when guys like Rui Costa, Figo, Pauletta, Jorge Costa etc came up and won a handful of various youth titles. But when Queiroz coached them on the senior level they were very mediocre.

Go look up his season in charge of Real Madrid. There was a doozy.

How about his term in charge of the New York New Jersey Metrostars? I know everyone else failed at that job too, including Bradley, but come on.

CQ did lead South Africa through qualifying for Japan Korea 02, but was fired before the big tournament.

How about......? Aaah, forget it. There are other belly flops out there if you wanna track em down.

He is best known in this country for writing the so-called brilliant USA Project 2010 manifesto (which was loved for its boldness when it was written in 98, and dropped as crap a couple years later when people woke up from their day dreams).This crazy pipe dream was a plan for the USA to compete the World Cup in 2010. (Did you know Gulati worked on this report too, which is where their friendship is derived from?)

All in all, Queiroz's only success has been at the youth level in Portugal with some extraordinarily talented players.

And Gulati thinks this is the guy to lead the USA to the next level now! I can't even laugh at that one.

Let us all hope that my notion is wrong about this being the guy that we will see in charge in a couple of weeks, but I feel it very strongly in my gut. And that is not good.

So there you go, my hypothesis for today. It's not based on any actual facts. It may change tomorrow. It may not. But no one is talking about the giant elephant in the middle of the room, so I figured I would bring it up.


Anonymous David Keyes said...

I hope your intuition is wrong - Quieroz would be a disaster, I think. Do you have any inside info that is guiding your intuition or just a bad feeling? I'm hoping for the latter.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen reports that Queiroz recently signed a contract extension with ManU. So, do you think he'd break that contract or do both jobs?


9:44 AM  
Blogger Joe Ginto said...

i don't think you can base Querioz's talents based on either South Africa (they fire people routinely and he did get them to qualify, no) and Real Madrid (they go through coaches like well)-insert joke here-.

I get the Portugal point. In my opinion though we seriously overvalue our own players and coaches. I mean I just don't think you can underestimate the fact that BB has no cache on the international stage. he has a long road ahead to establish ties with club teams across the pond.

i don't think the contract he signed with ManU is worth the paper it's written on. if he wants the gig, ManU would let him go.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CQ did sign an extension with Man U. He won't be coming here.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasn't the word . . . (paraphrasing) "we will only dump Bob if we can get a big name coach." this guy is hardly a big name.

if we got a big name (and i mean a really big name), i could see dumping bob. short of that, i say let him have the job permanently. worst case scenerio we make a change at the end of '08 for the run up to the '10 world cup.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Mr. Fish said...

Makes you wonder what the hold-up is. We certainly don't have long to wait... The China match is only 23 days away.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

sunil gulati is holding american soccer back, if things keep going the way they are, this will be referred to as the dark ages of US soccer

3:52 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

I think it will be Pekerman

3:55 PM  
Blogger Arelcao Akleos said...

As a Luso, I could appreciate a Mourinho as manager for the USMNT, but Carlos??? Trust me, there are many very good reasons why you will never ever see Portugal place their team in his hands.....Sunil, if he has been wasting this whole year to get utter mediocrities who are his buddies to lead the team, is more than a gerbil; he is a rabid gerbil. This is a disaster in the making.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous 12th man said...

Steve Goff says Sunil will announce Bob Bradley as FT coach soon.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Thundergunner said...

I hope that Goff is right; Bradley has earned the position. But why now? Why not a month ago or after the Mexico game? I hope that we can get a straight answer from Gulati about why he waited so long. Unfortunantly, I bet we never will.

12:49 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

goff is a gazillion times more reliable than me

5:15 PM  

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