Report: NYCFC in discussions with Fabio Capello

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by DAVE MARTINEZ

Marquee players are nothing new in the world of Major League Soccer, but marquee coaches? That is a change of pace.

According to a report from Ives Galarcep on Goal.com, former English national team coach Fabio Capello is in talks with New York City FC over their rumored coaching vacancy.

As first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, and later independently confirmed by EoS, Manchester City academy boss Patrick Vieira was slated the favorite for the NYCFC head coaching position, replacing Jason Kreis who is rumored to be receiving the axe with the expansion club.

Goal reports Vieira is not interested in the position, opening the eventual vacancy to former English boss, Capello.

Capello, 69, has a resume unique to MLS bosses, past or present. As a coach for AC Milan in Italy’s Serie A, Capello guided his club to four league titles in the 90’s and led Roma to a championship in 2001. He took Real Madrid towards a league title in both 1997 and 2007 before spending the next eight years in international soccer with both England and Russia.

Kreis has an impressive resume within the confines of MLS, including an MLS Cup and Supporters Shield title, but has not been able to translate that success to the expansion NYCFC. The Bronx side suffered through a 10-17-7 record, falling eighth in the Eastern Conference in an underwhelming season.

 

 


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  • Cosmo

    I thinks it’s the right time to give a big name euro coach a chance in MLS. Nycfc has the money and brains, the bad part is the salary cap and rules of MLS, unless we get him for the national team instead :)
    In reality,there’s Capello, mourinho who will be fired sooner than later, ancelotti and bielsa.
    There’s a buffet of big name European coach names for nycfc.
    I’m pretty sure Miami will get a big name coach from Europe, Seattle might get kreis or a big name coach if they don’t win MLS cup, Atlanta and LA2 are coming and they won’t be scared to get a big euro coach and Toronto might be looking for a new coach.
    If I was nycfc I would get ancelotti, USA should get bielsa.
    Living behind mourinho, Capello.

    One big question for a Portland timbers fan, would it be possible to play at Oregon ducks stadium if timbers reach MLS cup or western conference championship versus Seattle if Seattle goes through.
    That would be amazing and a longer drive for Seattle fans.

  • BleedingRed

    Please please please let the Smurf Village sign Mourinho instead so that we can have the Baby Bulls beat him more than once a year.

  • Retro Metro

    The 1997 Metrostars called. They want their strategy back.

    • Dave L

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • slowleftarm

      Nah, they can keep it!

  • DanGerman

    Dumb move if this happens, Fabio is less of a talent scout then Kreis and WAY more expensive plus his tactics are terrible to say the least. If you’re going to bring in a foreign coach at least make it a good one.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t really think he will need to be doing much scouting. Don’t all of CFG’s teams pretty much share the same scouting network?

  • Charlie Stillitano

    Now that’s my kinda move!

  • Anonymous

    We get to watch them make all the MLS 1.0 mistakes!
    Anyone who’s been watching since 96 sees how foolish this all is, but these arrogant newbies just can’t see it.

    This is only going to get funnier

    • The Realist

      This team is a laugh riot. I figure in three more years they will have gone through three more big name coaches, a few more decrepid DPs, still be playing at Yankee stadium & have their fan base cut it half.

      In the meantime, I feel bad for Jason Kreis who was saddled with lazy old SOBs like Pirlo & Lampard & was forced to play them.

      In his honor, I ask you to sing along:

      “Jason Kreis, superstar
      You got stuck with these Euro Stars
      Jason Kreism, Superstar
      Your team did not go too far”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvVr2uks0C8

      • Nick Chavez

        You just don’t understand the power of a super club.

        I do.

        I am Nick Chaez.

        I have been a Madridista for 13 years.


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