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Does now-unemployed Yallop become a Canadian men’s team coaching candidate?


With Canada’s national-team coaching spot still vacant, and the Gold Cup a month away, more than a few ears will be to the ground now that Frank Yallop is unemployed.

On Friday, the reigning MLS Coach of the Year and the San Jose Earthquakes came to a mutual agreement to part ways. He will be replaced by his assistant and long-time Canadian national-teammate, Mark Watson.

Yallop led the Earthquakes to the Supporters’ Shield last season, but the team is struggling this season — as Chris Wondolowski is nowhere near his 27-goal pace of last season. Right now, the Quakes are out of a playoffs spot. But, making the move so early into the season, and with the parties coming to a mutual agreement, it raises the question: Is this the most polite firing ever, or is this a sign that Yallop wants to move on to different challenges?

Yallop has won two MLS Cups as a coach and has been the coach of the year twice.

“I want to personally thank Frank for all of his efforts since 2007 to help make this club successful,” said Quakes’ general manager John Doyle in a release issued by the club. “He guided this team from an expansion side in 2008 to just one goal away from getting to the MLS Cup Final in 2010 and a Supporters’ Shield last year. I have enjoyed working with Frank over the past five and a half years and wish him well in all his future endeavours.”

“(President Dave Kaval) Dave, John and I met earlier this week and we mutually agreed that it was time for the club and me to move in different directions,” said Yallop. “Mark Watson is an excellent coach and the team is in very good hands. I want to thank the entire Earthquakes organization for my time here. I want to thank the players and coaching staff that have been here over the past five and a half years. They made my job really enjoyable with their professionalism and hard work, especially last year, which was a magical season, and one I will never forget. The ownership group has been very supportive during my time here. I would also like to thank Dave and John for all their efforts to help me put the best team on the field, while also building a professional atmosphere for both players and staff. I want to thank the fans here as well. They have been great and really drove the team on and have been a big part of our success. I wish the organization all the very best in the future.”

Yallop coached Canada from 2004 to 2006. He has more than 50 caps as a Canadian national teamer.

With Canada looking for an experienced boss, is it time to have a look at Yallop? The timing is interesting.

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  1. john anderson

    June 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Only should be hired as U-17, U-20, U-23 coach…Colin Miller would make a better CMNT coach and maybe yallop as Fced coach.

    • cwell

      June 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      John: Sean Fleming is the coach for the U-17 team that is going to the WC this fall.

  2. Scott Bennett

    June 8, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    If the CNMT gets to Yallop before TFC, chalk it up as another blunder for MLSE.

    • cwell

      June 8, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Talk about another blunder: replacing Nelsen with Yallop would rank right up there with the worst blunders ever made by TFC. That team has decided on who they want for president and head coach, and they should stick with them and their plan. Bringing in Yallop or anyone else would set the team back so far it would never recover. It’s touch and go anyway.

  3. BCM

    June 8, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Yes please.

  4. Michael Murray

    June 8, 2013 at 5:17 am

    He was already the Men’s National Team coach and was an absolute failure, the worst coach I remember in 35 years of following the national team. And with the number of bad coaches I have lived through during that time, that Yallop was the worst is saying a lot. Mitchell and Hart were incompetent unqualified coaches as well but at least they managed to put our best players on the field. Yallop’s bizarre selections often based on personal friendships and other unethical practices meant we had usually lost the game before it was played. Let’s not forget we finished last in our group in World Cup Qualifying under Yallop with a record of 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses and the sole victory came in a game neither team had anything to play for since we were already eliminated and Guatemala had already qualified for the next round. And then after the CSA did not fire him after the WCQ failure like any competent federation would he got an offer from LA and just abandoned us out of the blue, ie. no loyalty whatsoever to the federation that (stupidly) stood by him in defeat. And his record as national team coach was 8 wins, 3 draws and 9 losses with the 8 wins being against mostly poor quality opposition: Barbados, Belize (twice), Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Cuba, Luxembourg and Austria. We also played poorly in the 2005 Gold Cup and did not get out of the group stage.

    Before he became national team coach Yallop did win 2 MLS championships with San Jose but these were also the early days of the league and the playing level was much lower than it currently is. Since he has returned to MLS he has coached 7 years in MLS for LA and San Jose. In those 7 years his teams have only made the playoffs twice and the other 5 years his teams have been pretty terrible. He is not a successful coach even at the MLS level.

    We need to hire a coach of a much higher calibre and ethic than Yallop and since there is no suitable Canadian candidate he should be a foreigner. Hiring Yallop again would be the biggest blunder the CSA has ever made from an organization whose whole history is full of blunders.

  5. Ray

    June 8, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Why Not?

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