FC Cincinnati announced they have hired Dutch manager Jaap Stam as their latest head coach on Thursday. The former Manchester United player takes his first job in North America with the appointment.
Locally, the news is notable because the only other person publicly identified as a candidate for FCC’s job was LA Galaxy assistant coach Dominic Kinnear. Kinnear reportedly interviewed for the position, albeit remotely, as this has come during the coronavirus pandemic.
Stam always looked like the likely choice to get the nod, because the last head coach, Ron Jans, was Dutch, and the general manager, Gerard Nijkamp, is also Dutch. Jans was fired just before the start of the season when it was revealed he used racial slurs in the locker room on more than one occasion.
The Stam news was totally overshadowed by FC Cincinnati releasing a graphic with the wrong man on it when announcing the hiring Thursday. It was a viral story, if not for the reasons they would want.
YOU GUYS. I cannot make this up. In their announcement tweet, FCC put up a picture of a man who isn't Jaap Stam. pic.twitter.com/dEtEV2Sl9c— Luke Johnston (@LukeShigeo) May 21, 2020
But given this news, it looks like Kinnear will remain with the Galaxy. As the only member of the first-team coaching staff who has MLS managing experience prior to last year, he offers a link to the wider, wilder world of the league. Having said that, if he’s interviewing for jobs, he could depart at some point for another head coaching job. Time will tell.
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