03 January 2007

Lesson: [Good] Ownership is Important

I was thinking that perhaps Ives Galarcep has been too harsh on Real Salt Lake's Front Office. Well, I was thinking that until I read this piece in the New York Times. Key graf:

“When I hired my coach, John Ellinger, two and a half years ago, one of the reasons I hired him was because I knew Freddy wanted to play for him...We were thinking about this years ago.”

Now, this might be retroactive justification for a coaching move that has shown little return on investment to date, but let's take it at face-value. One of the reasons you hired your coach in 2004 was to attract an unproven player who was signed to another team and may well have headed abroad before coming to your stadium? Are you serious? What a ridiculous reason! I could understand if Checketts had said something about wanting a coach to "bring up unproven young talent" or something like that. Well, I could understand it if not for the fact that RSL has been staffed by MLS journeyman over the past two years. Frankly, if that's a major reason for signing the coach, then you've pretty much admitted that you wasted your first two years in the league, and you've wasted the time of the people supporting RSL. What a maroon.

Now, I think personally that Checketts is overstating the case. Maybe he tangentially thought about this two years ago when signing Coach E, but I doubt it really factored into his reasoning at all. Tough choice on Checketts: Is he an idiot, or a liar? I hope for RSL fans that it is the latter.

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At 03 January, 2007 14:10, Anonymous GUTuna said...

Checketts is all spin and hype.

He's known for building franchises that are fabulously successful on the business side of things, but in the end don't have what it takes to win titles. Enough talent to keep fans interested but not enough to get over the hump.

Think Dan Snyder really...

At 03 January, 2007 18:04, Blogger M said...

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At 04 January, 2007 10:52, Anonymous Nick said...

Maybe Checketts got confused and thought the question was about Ellinger's relationship with former MLS MVP and US National Team star, Clint Mathis. hmmm....bartender!


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