Fabio Capello isn't coming to New York City.
I mean, he could be coming to the Five Boroughs. Lots of people like to visit, after all! So I wouldn't rule out a vacation stop for him here.
Oh: you meant that he was coming here to work. Yeah, that's not happening. Goal.com is saying that he could be taking over for Jason Kreis as head coach of New York City FC, but I'm highly skeptical.
Sources have confirmed to Goal USA that the 69-year-old former England national team manager is in discussions with New York City FC ownership to take over as the club's new head coach.
Capello would replace current NYCFC head coach Jason Kreis, who has been rumored to be on the hot seat as the club's Manchester-based ownership seek a high-profile option to help NYCFC improve on a disappointing first season in MLS.
Fine. Let's do this. Here's why Capello isn't going to be New York City's second head coach.
- He's 69 years old. There's a reason why his most recent managerial stints have been with national teams. It's because coaching national teams is far, far less taxing than the minute-by-minute, hour-to-hour, day-after-day grind of coaching a club team. It's not the kind of gig where you can kick up your feet and take it easy, particularly in MLS. Not that national teams are easy, either, but it's a much more episodic job. Aside from tournament & friendly play, you're simply not doing that much.
- He's a high-profile coach. Much of Kreis' frustrations this past season are directly due to his relative lack of control over signings, particularly high-profile signings. Are we to really believe that Capello is going to be copacetic with not having that kind of control over his team? That brings us to the next reason.
- He's a high-profile foreign coach in MLS. I'm actually going to expound on this for a bit.
- Jason Kreis is the highest-paid coach in MLS, at around $1 million per year.
- Fabio Capello made around $10 million a year whilst coaching Russia.