Coaching

Barcelona Contacts Multiple Coaches About Immediately Replacing Ernesto Valverde

Ernesto Valverde is now a dead man walking as Barcelona manager after it became public knowledge on Sunday that the club had sounded out both Xavi and Ronald Koeman to replace the Spaniard following the team’s dramatic late defeat to Atlético Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. 

Although the Super Cup is a meaningless competition that was only expanded and staged in Saudi Arabia this year for the purposes of making money, the defeat continues Valverde’s worrying history of cocking up with glory at hand — especially when compared to Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

Jürgen Klinsmann's Still Confident Of A Top-Four Finish At The 2018 World Cup

Disgraced former USMNT manager Jürgen Klinsmann has doubled down on his belief that he had the nation “in a good place” and on track for “the final four” at the 2018 World Cup despite his final game in charge — a 4-0 defeat to Costa Rica in San José — echoing through time as the second-most abject, clueless performance in the history of the program (the nadir being that night in Couva).

Ghana Fires Men’s, Women’s, Youth National Team Coaches, Gives No Reason

The entire staff of Ghana national team coaches — from men’s and women’s national teams to the youth squads — has been fired, with the Ghana FA giving no reason for the decision.

Ghana fired men’s national team manager James Kwesi Appiah for a second time and eight other coaches in the organization. 

American Pellegrino Matarazzo Named VfB Stuttgart Head Coach

Pellegrino Matarazzo, a native of New Jersey, was introduced as the new head coach of VFB Stuttgart on Monday, signing a contract that runs until June 2021. Matarazzo takes over from Tim Walter, who was sacked after the first half of the campaign following a run of inconsistent results and performances. 

Three Years After USMNT Debacle, Jürgen Klinsmann Finds Next Coaching Job At Hertha Berlin

Jürgen Klinsmann finally found another coaching job, for now. 

Three years and six days after Klinsmann was fired by U.S. Soccer amidst a disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign (one that would only get more disastrous), the German was hired by Hertha Berlin to coach the Bundesliga side.

Man United's Ridiculous Comeback Undone In 90th Minute Of 3-3 Draw With Sheffield United

Sheffield United and Manchester United played out a sensational 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane on Sunday evening with the Red Devils overturning a two-goal deficit and looking certain of three points themselves before Oli McBurnie’s late equalizer in the 90th minute.

Sheffield’s early period of dominance could’ve been more pronounced on the scoreboard but for the brilliance of David de Gea, who recorded five saves on the night, including this incredible double save to keep things at 0-0 in the 11th minute.

Diego Maradona Quits Gimnasia After Two Months On Job

Diego Maradona is quitting Gimnasia, and we don’t mean the gym. (We’re pretty sure he quit that long ago.)

Rather than stay to fight relegation, Maradona, 59, resigned from Gimnasia La Plata in the Argentine Superliga after just two months as head coach. Gimnasia currently sits in 22nd out of 24 clubs but in worse shape facing relegation. The club lost Maradona’s first three matches in charge but had won three of the last five.

Reports: England Snags Superstar Fitness Coach Dawn Scott From USWNT

Dawn Scott is leaving the USWNT after nine years as the head strength and fitness coach, leaving the U.S. for the England national team. Training Ground Guru first reported the move, with the England native set to become Phil Neville’s “Physical Performance Coach,” with an official announcement expected next week.

Young Landon Donovan Becomes USL Head Coach, Fills Staff With Women More Qualified Than Him

Landon Donovan has secured his first head coaching job at the tender age of 37. And he’s hiring plenty of smart women to help him out. 

A day after Zlatan Ibrahimovic, another aging former LA Galaxy forward, announced he’s leaving MLS to play in Europe, Donovan was announced as the head coach for the expansion USL club San Diego Loyal SC. 

Thierry Henry Returns To MLS As Montreal Impact Coach

I’ll be honest. I follow MLS pretty closely, and months will go by where I forget the Montreal Impact even exist as a club. That will change with the appointment of Thierry Henry as the club’s new head coach.

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