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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old March 30th, 2007, 02:51 Thread Starter
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New Coach for Canadian National Team

Simões likely to be Canada soccer coach

by Peter Mallett, Globe and Mail.

After weeks of speculation the appointment of Brazilian coach Renê Simões as the next man to lead Canada's struggling senior men's soccer program appears to be just days away.

After a conference call between Canadian Soccer Association president Colin Linford and his executive committee this weekend, the Globe and Mail has learned that the former Jamaican World Cup coach will likely be appointed as coach of Canada's No.103-ranked World Cup team and CSA technical director.

A source from within the CSA offices said an official announcement naming Simões is expected to come at some point next week in Toronto and that Simões is now the front-runner for the job.

Since March 13, when the Globe and Mail first learned of closed-door meetings between the CSA and Simões in Toronto, Linford has repeated claims that the CSA has yet to reach a final decision about its next coach.

At a recent media conference for Canada's U-20 program last week, Linford hinted that the CSA has already made up their mind on who Canada's next coach will be, but stopped short of tipping the balance in favour of Simões.

"We know who we want," Linford said. "We are basically looking for someone who has some knowledge of CONCACAF, because that's where we compete."

Simões led Jamaica's Reggae Boyz to their first and only appearance at a World Cup in 1998. He has also has had coaching spells with Trinidad's Soca Warriors, Iran's Olympic team and Brazil's women's Olympic team.

While Simões made an annual salary of just $220,000 (U.S.) when he led Jamaica to France '98, his value on the international market has inflated since then and the charismatic coach known for his flamboyant sideline antics and trademark moustache and sunglasses could expect to earn close to $500,000 per year in Canada.

Indications are that financial concerns could be the key stumbling block for the CSA in finalizing the contract of Simões and that this weekend's conference call may hinge on freeing up extra cash for Simoes in the national program's operating budget.

Speculation over Simões's pending appointment have increased in the last few days as two senior members of Canada's World Cup squad requesting anonymity told the Globe and Mail that they were asked to pick their choices for coach in a list that included three candidates: Simões, interim Canada coach Stephen Hart and U-20 coach Dale Mitchell.

"His [Simões] appointment would be a turning point for the program," the player said. "Having someone who has a good understanding of soccer in this zone could be the solution to the problem of our over 20-year absence from the World Cup tournament."

Simões also has offers on the table from the national teams of Venezuela and Cuba and has indicated in discussions with the CSA that he will need to reach an agreement with the CSA by March 31 or talks could be cut off.

Linford indicated that the CSA are also reviewing applications of another unnamed candidate, bringing the total number of applicants to four, but failed to say who the applicant was.
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In my humble opinion, this is a big mistake. I'm not convinced this will be any better than hiring Dale Mitchell for the job.

The CSA is going to spend a huge sum of money on Simões, and the results are going to be minimal. We will not qualify (once again) for the World Cup.
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Its not the coach, its the CSA that is the problem. Politics ruin everyting.

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Its not the coach, its the CSA that is the problem. Politics ruin everyting.
I was just about to post the exact same thing. Not to mention the fact that they need to wake up and call players that WANT to play for canada before they get capped by another national team.

ex: DANIEL FERNANDES. This guy is better than Sutton, Onstad and Stamatopoulos combined and now playes for Portugal. He is the best GK in the Greek league and 2 years ago WANTED to play for Canada. Sadly he got spotted by Santos (AEK's ex coach) and was subsequently capped by the Portugues U-21 NT :thmbdown:

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Its not the coach, its the CSA that is the problem. Politics ruin everyting.
Can you expand on this please? Thanks.
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I dont know much but what Covert just mentioned is a problem. The CSA doesn't keep track of where Canadians are playing.

They also don't pick the best players when making up youth squad. How did Hargreaves not make the U17 NT, and then go to Bayern Munich right after and get signed by them?

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The board of the Canadian Soccer Association has decided on a new coach for the men's national team, but it isn't revealing the name of the successful candidate.

The 19-member board reached a decision April 21 but won't announce the new coach because contract negotiations are still ongoing, said a CSA spokesperson.

The CSA gave neither a timetable for negotiations nor a date for an announcement.

Isn't this an odd way to "negotiate" a salary? Once they have decided to hire him (which they evidently have) he can demand whatever salary he wants! What are they going to do, fire him if they can't reach an agreement? In which case, why say they've made a "decision" if it can be reversed over the salary issue?

Sounds like they are so desperate they will hire someone at any price.
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Well, it turns out I was right. The CSA's announcement that they had made a decision was premature, because it all depended on being able to reach an agreement on salary.

They couldn't agree to Simões's demand for a reported half-million-dollar salary, so now he's out of the running, and the CSA is back to square one. Meanwhile, time is running out on any hopes of turning the national team's fortunes around in time to qualify for the World Cup.
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"Our governing body is a completely dysfunctional family right now, the situation is a complete mess," said one high ranking senior soccer official who refused to be identified. "If people think it was bad in the past they should have a look now. Colin Linford tried to ram home the Simoes hiring but the board was always against him on this and had indicated so."

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CSA lacks game plan at the national level
By Stephen Brunt

Globe and Mail, Wednesday, May 9, 2007

In many ways, these are salad days for soccer in Canada.

The new Major League Soccer franchise in Toronto hasn't scored a goal, let alone won a game, yet it has been received with a level of enthusiasm even the most cockeyed optimists finds startling. And the team's home, BMO Field, which also will be the Eastern abode of Canada's national sides, received rave reviews on its opening.

There is a new park rising in Montreal, and one in the planning stages for Vancouver. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association under-20 World Cup, which soccer haters had suggested would be a smoking disaster at the gate this coming summer, looks like it's going to do just fine, thanks - and could turn into something extra special if the Canadian team follows up some encouraging pretournament results.

Benfica and Aston Villa will be visiting soon. The Canadian women's team will leave for the World Cup in China in the fall, with a real chance to reach the late stages of that competition.

You could argue persuasively that it's never been better, that the world game has never been on stronger footing in this country.

Just imagine what it would be like if there was also a legitimate chance that the men's team might qualify for the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

World Cup mania is now a given here every four years, even without a national rooting interest. Sure, some of the Old World ties still bind and there will be horn-honking for Italy and England and Portugal and the rest, but how would it be different if all of those now soccer-literate Canadians could cheer on a Canadian team for the first time since 1986?

It's not going to happen, though. The qualifying process hasn't even begun and Canada hasn't played a game, but just try to find someone who believes that we have even a fighting chance.

Don't blame the talent. Don't pay too much attention to those ridiculous FIFA ratings, which have us mired right now in 94th place in the world, tucked between Libya and Ethiopia. Canada certainly has the players (though scattered all over the place) to be competitive behind Mexico and the United States for the third automatic qualifying berth from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

What Canada doesn't have is a coherent plan to get there. Heck, we haven't even committed to a coach.

And for that, the folks meeting today in Toronto [the CSA] deserve 100 per cent of the blame.

The Canadian Soccer Association, which has never inspired much confidence at the best of times, has enjoyed a particularly humiliating 12 months. Last June, Frank Yallop, who was the right man for the job, resigned as the coach of the men's team to join the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS (before knowing, it should be added, that David Beckham would be joining his squad). It's a terrific gig, and Yallop has enjoyed tremendous success in that league, but the reason he bailed on Canada - as he made clear, in diplomatic terms, during a chat last month - was that he didn't believe there was any direction in the national team program.

Kevan Pipe, the widely criticized chief operating officer of the CSA, was the next to go, though he didn't jump - he was fired last November. This spring has brought the fiasco of Rene Simoes (who took Jamaica's Reggae Boyz to the World Cup in 1998) being offered big money by CSA president Colin Linford to take the coaching reins along with the title of technical director and then having that hiring vetoed by the board.

If that sounds farcical ...well, it is. And maybe it's the natural byproduct of having the future of an elite national side, with professional players, dictated by folks with roots in volunteer organizations who are most concerned with kids' registration levels.

It's not as if the players haven't noticed. One of the main reasons that Owen Hargreaves suits up for England now instead of the country of his birth was his early experience with the Canadian soccer bureaucracy. And right now, one of the brightest young players in the world, midfielder Jonathan de Guzman from Toronto, appears set to cast his international lot with the Netherlands (where he plays for Feyenoord, and where he has applied for citizenship) rather than Canada.

The more you know and the more the pattern stays the same, the harder it is to blame them.
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What a joke this entire process has been.

Welcome Dale, how does it feel knowing you weren't option A, B, or even C?

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So who's next? No progress made in the last few years that I can see.
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Who will replace Dale Mitchell?

Jason DeVos has some ideas.
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GIVE STEPHEN HART THE JOB!

The players are unanimous in wanting Hart to be their manager, and they seem to respond to his methods. This is the second competition, the other being the 2007 Gold Cup, where we have played passing football and managed to pick up some decent results.

In both competitions, Hart was in charge. Coincidence? I think not.

We can search high and low for a high-priced, experienced international manager to come in and lead us to the World Cup, but until we sort out our youth development program, having that experience isn’t going to make much of a difference. Unless we do something soon about youth development, we will continue to have a small pool of talented players who will represent us at the national team level.

For the time being, I think Stephen Hart has done an excellent job. He has the players united and pulling in the same direction Despite the outcome of Saturday’s quarter-final, I would like to see the ‘interim’ tag removed from his position.
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After 9 months with an interim manager for the MNT, the CSA has taken Jason DeVos's advice and promoted Stephen Hart from interim manager to manager.

I wonder why it took so long? Did they have a flood of good applications to consider?

The recent outings against Poland and Macedonia don't bode well for the new leader.
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Canada removes interim tag from Hart's title


By Vijay Setlur

TORONTO - Stephen Hart had the interim tag removed from his title as manager of the Canadian national team on Monday, given the job full time in the country's bid to return to the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

General Secretary Peter Montopoli made the announcement at a news conference in downtown Toronto, formalizing the position the Trinidad & Tobago native was given in April.

"My role will be, No. 1, to assemble a staff and, No. 2, to present a team that is not only competitive, but understands what is required from all levels and to make the players understand that they are the ones that are responsible for putting Canada on the map," Hart said.

"It will be our objective to focus on the CONCACAF qualifications for 2012. I have no qualms about experimenting, about using the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition to prepare towards this."

Hart, 45, already has had success since retaking the helm, leading Canada to the quarterfinals of Gold Cup in July before losing to eventual World Cup qualifier Honduras. This is Hart's second time as manager, having led Canada to a semifinal berth in the 2007 Gold Cup before losing to the eventual champion United States.

"The matter with which he handled the team at the CONCACAF tournaments, Gold Cup 2007 and 2009, strongly positioned him for this leadership role," Montopoli said.

"His strong technical knowledge and the respect he has within the Canadian soccer community and the style of play and knowledge of CONCACAF, which really at the end of the day is the qualifier for the World Cup…and I don't think there's no better person who has the familiarity with CONCACAF and leading our Canadian national team."

Hart already has won four of his eight games in charge since April, losing three and drawing one. Canada won Group A at the Gold Cup and Hart has was won nine, drawn two and lost seven in his two stints as manager, the best winning percentage in CSA history.

Hart replaced Dale Mitchell, who was fired in March after Canada was eliminated from World Cup qualifying in the semifinal round.

With the appointment, Hart relinquishes his role as the CSA's technical director, which he held since March 2008. Montopoli said the CSA will name a replacement early next year.

Besides approving Hart's elevation at its weekend meeting, the CSA's board set its 2010 budget, approved a new governance framework in principle and committed both men's and women's national teams to playing multiple home games in the same season for the first time in 11 years.
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In my opinion it is very doubtful that there were a lot of good quality applicants, the state of the game is nowhere near where it could be to satisfy someone like that.
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