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Ruud Gullit Becomes Los Angeles Galaxy Headcoach

Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:03 am

http://www.focus.de/sport/fussball/los-angeles_aid_138754.html (German only)

Kind of a shocker. I'm not surprised about Yallop resigning, but I'm highly surprised that Gullit is the new Galaxy headcoach.
 
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RE: Ruud Gullit Becomes Los Angeles Galaxy Headcoach

Sat Nov 10, 2007 4:49 am

Yawwwwwwn...........yeah, whatever.....
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RE: Ruud Gullit Becomes Los Angeles Galaxy Headcoach

Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:20 am

It was rumored the last days so it is not surprising actually. Just wondering if there is no other job available for him.

Maybe he can make Beckham play better.  duck   Smile
 
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RE: Ruud Gullit Becomes Los Angeles Galaxy Headcoach

Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:20 am

Wow!!! That's a total surprise, and easily the best qualified coach in MLS history. Ruud Gullit was one of the top players of his generation and has coaching experience from one of the world's top leagues. This will hardly register in the US, but will add more credibility to MLS's reputation around the world.
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RE: Ruud Gullit Becomes Los Angeles Galaxy Headcoach

Sat Nov 10, 2007 6:08 am

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 3):
Ruud Gullit was one of the top players of his generation and has coaching experience from one of the world's top leagues. This will hardly register in the US, but will add more credibility to MLS's reputation around the world.

One thing that speaks in favour of him is that, even only for a short time, he has had experience in the Premier League. England is probably one of the toughest places in the world to be a coach, or as it's called in the UK, a manager. And also: the media hype about him is much lower than Beckham's hype, so he can actually focus on his job than be, voluntarily or involuntarily, too much the centre of attention.

One question: when I saw Beckham as captain of the Galaxy, I was surprised that he got promoted to captain that quickly. Why did Beckham become captain of the Galaxy over Donovan? He wasn't that successful as captain of England's national team himself.
 
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RE: Ruud Gullit Becomes Los Angeles Galaxy Headcoach

Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:51 am

The more I think about Gullit coaching the Galaxy, the more I begin to wonder if it's a good idea or not. He was a great player and has coached in the EPL, but MLS has seen good international coaches fail miserably in the US. This also seems very much to be about marketing. Now that the Galaxy have the media attention from Beckham, they need a coach who looks good in front of all the cameras.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4):
One question: when I saw Beckham as captain of the Galaxy, I was surprised that he got promoted to captain that quickly. Why did Beckham become captain of the Galaxy over Donovan? He wasn't that successful as captain of England's national team himself.

I think there were a couple of reasons for it. First is that it looked good to the media. Second is that Beckham probably did a lot of teaching and mentoring to the Galaxy players, especially the younger ones, since he has played at the highest level on the biggest stages. This put him in a leadership role which justified him being named captain.

I think Beckham is probably a better leader than Donovan. After all, Donovan didn't do much to motivate the listless US National Team during the 2006 World Cup. The only things that got them remotely engaged in the matches was horrendous officiating in the Italy match, and a good individual performance by Clint Dempsey in the Ghana match.
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