The Canadian Soccer Association are set to make a major announcement on Friday which many are speculating could be the appointment of a new Head Coach for the Men's National Team. There have been some names whispered around Canadian Soccer circles but nothing really concrete which has opened the door for a lot of speculation about who could be the next man for the job.
Spanish news outlet Marca have added another name to the mix by suggesting that Benito Floro could be the man to take over the position which has been vacant since Stephen Hart stepped down following that disaster in Honduras. Floro comes with some impressive stops on his club coaching resume including coaching both Real Madrid and Villarreal in a club coaching career that has spanned over 30 years already.
The 61 year old coach has yet to take charge of a national team but his coaching career has taken him all over the club with stops in Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, Japan, and most recently Morocco. He has been around the globe but his only stop in the CONCACAF region was a three year stint with C.F. Monterrey where he failed to lead the club to a single trophy.
The concern with Floro is that his career seems to have been on a bit of decline since he left Villareal for the second time in 2004. He made a brief stop at Mallorca later that year before going without a job until 2009 when he moved to Ecuador to join Barcelona SC. That was another short stop before another period out of work that eventually led him to spend the past two years with Moroccan club Wydad Athletic Club.
Some of the resume is impressive, some of it leaves you wondering if he would be the right man for the job. Floro certainly has more coaching experience than a lot of the former Head Coaches that the Canadian Soccer Association have employed but he lacks the knowledge of the CONCACAF region and managing a national team that many fans had been calling for.
So if Floro is the man for the job it could be a good hire if he can adapt his experience from the club level to the international game. The report comes from Marca though so it would be wise to at least treat it with a grain of salt until it is potentially made official on Friday.
Here is the full Marca report (all two small paragraphs) google translated for your reading amusement:
If Floro, or anyone for that matter, is announced as the new Head Coach on Friday it will be interesting to see what it means for Canada heading into the Gold Cup. The squad are already together and training under Colin Miller who was once again appointed to be the interim head coach for the Gold Cup. Any new coach would likely remain on the sidelines even if they are announced before the event starts. Hopefully though they use the time to start building up their knowledge of the player pool and scouting the opposition to make the most of the Gold Cup.
Update: Sportsnet are confirming the Marca report to be true
Sportsnet has confirmed through its sources that Benito Floro will be named the next coach of #canMNT. Story was was 1st reported by Marca.— John Molinaro (@JohnMolinaro) July 4, 2013