GodDamet We Need a Head Coach
No matter which side of the argument you are on, we can all agree that the loss of Ron Jans came at a very unfortunate time. In the off season, supporters were feeling optimistic about the season and where the club was heading.
There was something special, fabricated or not, about having Jans and Nijkamp working together. It felt as if they had a common goal and a great partnership. After all of the changes last season, from Alan Koch to Yoann Damet to Ron Jans, it was nice to feel that the coaching staff seemed to be set and have a similar vision.
Throw in the addition of some great players such as Kubo, Locadia, Regattin, and the one we would never underestimate, Medunjanin, things were starting to come together, and you could feel it around the city.
That is until the situation that would soon change everything. As all of you know, on February 18th, Ron Jans resigned following a Major League Soccer investigation into some words he said. The Jans/Nijkamp era had ended abruptly and two weeks later, we find ourselves going into our 2nd season in MLS without a head coach. Who here is surprised? Nothing has been easy for FC Cincinnati when it comes to head coaches.
Like last season, when Alan Koch was let go, Yoann Damet has again taken over as interim head coach for FC Cincinnati. Am I excited to see him in this position? No, not at all. In my opinion, we need a head coach and we need one as soon as possible. It is not necessarily that I believe Yoann is not fit for the job, between just you and I, I don’t think he is, but rather FC Cincinnati has already determined that he is not the man for the job and players know that as well. Outside of his brief time in charge last year, his resume lacks any first team managerial experience.
And Yoann Damet finished his interim run last season with a record of 3W-0D-10L; he has not yet proven he can lead this team successfully. What makes this situation even more difficult for him is that not only is he taking over an almost brand new team, he is also dealing with the varying emotions that players are feeling after losing Ron Jans. A new head coach can help flip the script and help take the players’ minds off the situation and back on what they are here to do – we've got some more winning.
Another issue I see here is that Yoann is not the man that brought these players to FC Cincinnati. Jans and Nijkamp worked together – and sometimes Berding when a story about a city on the rise needed to be told – to bring in quality talent and it was these individuals who sold FC Cincinnati to them. This season, FC Cincinnati has 11 new players, all of which expected Ron Jans to be leading this team as head coach. While Damet was an assistant under Jans for a few months, preparing for matches and game-planning individual opponents or players hadn't quite happened yet. And if last year is any evidence, we shouldn't expect much on those fronts either.
There is no reason for this team to sit and wait for a dream candidate for head coach. If FC Cincinnati takes itself seriously and wants fans to take them seriously, a new manager is paramount.
FC Cincinnati have a Josef-less Atlanta United FC on the docket this Saturday at 7:00PM EST at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. As of this morning, it looks like Yoann Damet will be leading this team and there has not been an update from the club on how the search is going. I hope we can hear something soon because I feel like the longer we hold off on signing a new manager, the more difficult it is going to be for us to have a successful season. The team cannot punt on this season like they did last year.
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