Vancouver’s Frank Yallop is shown coaching the San Jose Earthquakes in 2012.
Photograph by: Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images
Frank Yallop will not be the next head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Yallop, 49, is headed to the Chicago Fire, who cut ties with coach Frank Klopas earlier on Wednesday.
Ives Galarcep broke the news at Goal.com on Wednesday night and The Province has independently confirmed the move.
Yallop, who parted with the San Jose Earthquakes in June, was widely regarded as the leading candidate to succeed Martin Rennie in Vancouver, although sources inside the club this week said such talk was very premature.
The Caps announced on Tuesday they weren’t renewing Rennie’s contract after two seasons at the helm and a 24-25-19 record.
The Yallop move made sense for a host of reasons, not the least of which were his Canadian roots and ties to the city he grew up in.
But the two-time MLS Cup winner and two-time coach of the year with San Jose is headed east, so it’s back to the drawing board for the Caps’ much-talked-about football committee, which includes owners Greg Kerfoot and Jeff Mallett and three members of the front office, Tuesday’s press conference revealed.
“What we don’t want to do is take an overly lengthy time, but we want to be as thorough as possible,” Caps president Bobby Lenarduzzi said Tuesday.
Lenarduzzi also stated that experience, MLS or otherwise, would be a key factor in hiring the club’s fourth coach in as many MLS seasons.
There’ll be no shortage of candidates this off-season. It’s expected to be the most hectic coaching carousel in MLS history.
Even Jason Kreis, who’s got a good thing going on at Real Salt Lake, is being thrown around as a potential hire elsewhere. Five weeks ago, Sports Illustrated reported that New York FC, who join MLS in 2015, are keen to lure Kreis, 40.
Salt Lake gave Kreis permission to talk to New York’s ownership group, SI reported.
The Caps want to retain assistant coach Carl Robinson, who is popular with the players, but it’s not known if he’s being considered for the head job.
The 37-year-old former Welsh international would meet the experience criteria on the playing side but not in coaching terms.
One thing’s certain: Yallop’s direct style of soccer in San Jose might have rubbed some fans the wrong way, but his decision to go elsewhere will only put Caps management under more scrutiny.
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