Report: Schelotto interviewed for Crew and NYC FC head coaching positions

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By DAN KARELL

It’s no secret that Guillermo Barros Schelotto is itching for a return to Major League Soccer, and if the latest reports are any sign of things to come, it could happen as soon as this winter.

According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch, Schelotto interviewed for the head coaching position with both the Columbus Crew and New York City FC recently. The report states that he spoke with Crew owner Anthony Precourt and President and General Manager Mark McCullers in a phone interview. McCullers declined to confirm or deny the report in the Dispatch or via official communication through the club.

NYC FC are looking for their first coach to lead the team when they join MLS in 2015 and were recently linked with Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis.

The 40-year-old Schelotto starred for the Crew between 2007-2010, winning MLS Cup with the club in 2008 as well as being named league MVP with seven goals and 19 assists in 27 games played. Schelotto is currently the head coach of Primera Division side Lanus, in his home country of Argentina.

Since parting ways with Robert Warzycha on September 2, the Crew have been looking for a full-time replacement, with Brian Bliss taking charge as interim head coach in the meantime. Under Bliss, the Crew are 4-2-0 and sit five points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with two games remaining this season.

Earlier this month, Schelotto acknowledged to FutbolMLS that he knew about the job opening in Columbus but said that he was under contract with Lanus until June 2014 and didn’t want to discuss a move. However, he did admit that he’d like to return to MLS in the future.

In a separate report on October 8, Grant Wahl reported that current Tottenham goalkeeper and Ohio native Brad Friedel had already been interviewed for the head coaching position. The Crew declined to comment on the report.

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What do you think of this report? Do you see Schelotto returning to MLS with the Crew? Do you believe he would return prior to June 2014? Think NYC FC have any chance of hiring him?

Share your thoughts below.

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15 Responses to Report: Schelotto interviewed for Crew and NYC FC head coaching positions

  1. Colin in MT says:

    This is exactly what MLS (and the Crew) need to continue the developing. By my count, there’s 10 current coaches that are former MLS players. Former players coaching in the league strengthens the league in my opinion.

    Plus, GBS is a legend who I think could revitalize that organization.

  2. Kingsly Alexander - Man Rey - Plotinus - Sankt Pauli! says:

    Yeah, whoever the Crew don’t take between Schelotto and Friedal I hope Dallas picks up.

  3. Bob.brad.ley says:

    Don’t forget Bob may be out of Egypt soon…

    • Luj says:

      NYC needs a flashier hiring

      • iggy says:

        Actually, I think hiring Bradley is pretty flashy. OK maybe that’s not the best word, but it would say they mean business.

    • solles says:

      they could do alot worse, Bradleys still the only manager to win an MLS cup with a first year expansion team.

      • Smith says:

        Ok, that was 15 years ago. When do we stopping using that as proof that Bob is the Vince Lombardi of MLS?

        • Good Jeremy says:

          Well that and he almost got Egypt to a world cup while their domestic league was suspended indefinitely and they couldn’t play true home games, and he beat Spain for the first time in over two years and went up on Brasil 2-0 in the confederations cup final before a giant comeback. I would say his pedigree is better than anyone else in the league.

  4. Juan Carlos Osorio says:

    You know, my wife loved living in New York.

    I am ready for my return.

    I have many notebooks I ca’t wait to use.

  5. Fat Albert says:

    Legend for the Crew. There will be a lot of pressure on him to succeed. Speaking of pressure, how long will any coach last at NYCFC? NY is a big market with a lot of expectations. Based on redbull, I see a lot of churn in that position.

  6. john says:

    GBS has being doing great with Lanus and there has even been talk in argentina about him being coach of boca one day. he’d also be able to attract a lot of quality players from argentina to where ever he’d go. he’s familar with the league, has coaching experience and is a legend with the crew. I am sure that friedel will be a good coach one day but GBS would be the smarter pick to get things turned around quicker.

  7. alka246 says:

    There is one other person who has interviewed for this job yhat i havent seen reported anywhere. I would hazard a guess he would be the front runner based on a few factors. Until its reported i cant really divulge though…