Sounders FC ownership ultimately didn’t need a couple weeks to decide on their head coach. They already have their guy.
A statement from majority owner Joe Roth on Thursday announced that Seattle will be retaining Sigi Schmid for next season:
“Adrian Hanauer and I met to review all team aspects of the organization. After a thorough evaluation, there is no question that Sigi Schmid is the right man to lead our club. While we are not happy with the way we finished, Sigi’s resume and accomplishments speak for themselves. We have been to the playoffs five-straight years, one of just three teams to have done that. Once you make the tournament you give yourself a chance to win the MLS Cup. Sigi has won two MLS Cups and it won’t be long before he does it here in Seattle. We continue to strive for excellence and we will do everything we can and give him all the resources possible to make that a reality.”
General manager and part owner Adrian Hanauer held a conference call Monday, explaining then that he and Roth would sit down with Schmid this week to make sure everyone was on the same page philosophically and that there was mutual support and appreciation on both sides.
Schmid had said after a season-ending loss in Portland last week that he wanted to return: “My desire is to return. I don’t want to walk away. I know there are probably people out there that would like me to walk away. The press, you guys like that. … At the end of the day my job security is really in the hands of (ownership).”
An informal poll last week showed that about 46 percent of voters felt Schmid would be back.
Posted after the jump is a sample of some of the reaction so far…
Sounders made the right decision.
— Matthew Doyle (@MLS_Analyst) November 14, 2013
Sigi Schmid gets to keep his job as Seattle manager. I can only conclude that the Sounders have no interest in winning the playoffs.
— LeanderLastNameNoFit (@LeanderOnFOX) November 14, 2013
I think @SoundersFC did the right thing here – mentioned it before, Sigi is best guy to lead them once they get healthy & sort out EJ issue
— Jason Saghini (@JasonSaghini) November 14, 2013
— Mike Gastineau (@gasman206) November 14, 2013
— Jonah Freedman (@jonahfreedman) November 14, 2013
Really strange decision to keep Sigi Schmid & not the right one. Has nothing to do with Schmid's aptitude, more a change is needed.
— Matthew T (@shinguardian) November 14, 2013
Have to say, not surprised to see Schmid retained. On Monday's conf call, Hanauer sounded like he didn't want to see Schmid go. #SoundersFC
— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) November 14, 2013
Not surprised to see Sigi stay. If Bradley isn't interested and Kreis isn't immediately available, then the pool of options is thin. #mls
— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) November 14, 2013
Some Seattle fans may not be happy about Schmid staying but fact is he's still a top MLS coach & finding a clear upgrade wasn't exactly easy
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) November 14, 2013