A report emerged late Friday evening that Sunil Gulati had met recently with Juergen Klinnsman about the U.S. coaching role.
If you’ve been following along with US Soccer for the past five years–or TSG for the past year–that should come as no surprise.
Our only comments on this right now are, “USSF, stop shooting yourself in the foot.”
The veil of secrecy that you have shrouded over the U.S. coaching situation creates confusion, leading to increased rumor mongering and conjecture, and ultimately frustration within your fan base.
Take a look at the results of the poll to the right, over 1000 voters on this site don’t even think that the coaching role is the number one issue.
No one is saying you need to make decision now–or rather TSG is not saying you need to make a decision–just communicate with the public on what the roadmap is or on what to expect.
The last time the collective “we” heard from Sunil Gulati, Steven Strasburg was pitching gems and Rafa Marquez was a nasty rumor.
USSF, your secrecy coupled with the trickle of information creeping out (Is it really a piece of news that Gulati and Bradley were meeting this Thursday as oppose to Wednesday) frustrates your fan base, is an affront to the dedicated and smart fans that back the team, and, most importantly, gives of an aire of “holier than thou” which clearly has not been earned in any right.
And for perspective, since World Cup 2010, here are some other notable occurrences:
• Brazil let go and hired a national team coach
• Argentina has removed their national team coach, the iconic Diego Maradona, instituted and defined the caretaker in Sergio Batista, and have discussed a few candidates in the public eye: Alejandro Sabella and Miguel Russo.
• England, England for crissakes, after a regrettable World Cup campaign re-upped Fabio Capello for at least two more years.
• Germany extended coach Jogi Low through 2012.
• Mexico’s Javier Aguirre stepped down from the team’s lead role. Mexico named Efrain Flores the temporary man, stating in no uncertain terms that Flores will coach the two upcoming friendlies and then the federation will look for permanent candidate.
Don’t you think that US fans deserve a two-paragraph statement so were not privy to leaks or bits and bytes of facts, and conjecture, from ESPN and SI? Is the meeting with Klinsmann really news?