The LA Galaxy announced Thursday they have fired head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto, effective immediately.
The club, which has three scheduled games left in the season, have appointed assistant coach Dominic Kinnear as interim head coach, the second time he’s held that role in three seasons with the Galaxy.
Unsurprisingly, Schelotto’s brother Gustavo has also been relieved of his duties as assistant coach, along with assistant coach Ariel Pereyra, goalkeeping coach Juan José Romero and performance coach Javier Valdecantos, all brought to the staff by the now-departed head coach.
“Based on results, we have decided to go in a different direction,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese in a team statement. “The LA Galaxy is a club that is built on winning on the field and being representative of the championship mentality and pedigree that you expect in Los Angeles. As a club, we have a collective responsibility and we all must share the blame for the club’s current standing. I take responsibility for the poor results and believe that we can find the right way forward for this team and our club.”
It will be interesting to see not only if this is the only major move in the offseason or the first of many for the Galaxy organization. It will also be interesting to see what direction the club goes in for their next search for a head coach.
But in two seasons Schelotto did not look like he had the answers at this moment in time for this club, and he has been shown the door. It seemed inevitable, with the team mired in last place in the Western Conference and losing eight of their last 10 games.
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