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Mutiny GM narrows list of coaching candidates

By RODNEY PAGE

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 26, 2000


Mutiny president and general manager Bill Manning said he has whittled his list of coaching candidates to "about 10" and plans to interview possible replacements for Tim Hankinson by next week.

While he wouldn't say who all of the candidates are, he did confirm that Mutiny assistant Perry Van Der Beck, former New York/New Jersey coach Alfonzo Mondelo, D.C. United assistant coach and former Mutiny defender Frank Yallop and the A-League's Rochester Rhinos coach Pat Ercoli are candidates.

Manning said two of the candidates are college coaches. They likely are Ray Reid of Southern Connecticut State and Jerry Yeagley of Indiana. John Ellinger, coach of the under-17 national team, also is a likely candidate.

Manning confirmed Minnesota Thunder coach Buzz Lagos has declined an offer to talk about the job. Lagos, who has worked with Manning at Minnesota and is the father of Mutiny midfielder Manny Lagos, has decided to stay with the Thunder.

Former U.S. national team coach Steve Sampson, under-23 national team coach Clive Charles and recently fired Dallas coach Dave Dir also can be struck from the list. Manning said he has no plans to talk with them.

Manning hopes to pare the list to three and make a final decision in about 30 days. Hankinson was fired Oct. 17 after two-plus seasons with the Mutiny.

"This is obviously a very important decision so I want to make sure we get the right guy," Manning said. "I want the new coach to be someone I'm comfortable with and someone who is on the same page. We'll spend the next week or so interviewing candidates. It could be someone comes in and we just know right away that's the guy. You never know."

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