Well, we might as well talk about it…
A quick look back on Nowak before our preview of the DC match-
May 2009 – Named the head coach of the incoming Philadelphia Union.
Brought DOOP into our every day vocabulary.
Petitioned Danny Mwanga to stay in the United States, and subsequently was the Unions first (and first of 2010) draft pick ever. Never heard from the kid since.
Introduced us to the fan favorites of Old Serbian and Big Quick Mondragon.
Lost track of loan information (MOF)
Was unaware of visa information (Daniel)
Smited Superman (David Myrie)
Turned a rag tag bunch of motley into a 2nd year playoff competitor.
Collected more (allocation) money than the monopoly guy.
Rumor (rather word is, cause it’s obvious in legal contractual dissolvements) is that Nowak got paid plenty to leave. Not sure if his application to another job is grounds for dismissal, but as some joked along with the rumor that he had applied to Hearts in the Scottish Premier league – he would take the allocation money with him. Well, it seems if he did get a payout, that’s likely true.
So, what now?
After finally getting rid of the coach who took bath salts towards the end of the 2011 season and ultimately cannibalized his own players, where do we go from here with the leftovers. We already have the talent – Valdes, Gomez, Williams, Carroll, Daniel, Torres (whenever he comes back…), Marfan, Garfan, Martinez. I will lump Adu into this category if he has another stellar play, and Pajoy once he gets two more goals - I do like Pajoy, it just seems that (like Ruiz) the game strategy for the team doesn’t fit into any play with him (which is a coaching fault… cough). We have a team with talent and stars, but what will happen.
Where will Hackworth lead this team? Is he better at developing talent where it seems that Nowak has only stifled it due to some egotistical maneuver that is contrary to any child development guide (See: Mwanga, Adu – twice!, and McInerney)? Is he going to field a team that will benefit the team – play to their strengths as opposed to plugging in holes like you’re playing FIFA 12 and chosen a random team (I’m getting the hang of it)? Not only that – the bottom line question of course is – will he give us results – will he give us wins.
Now none of this “He’s a Nowak lacky”. If you were put in charge while your boss was away for only one week, you’d do what your boss wanted you to do. Why? Well, it’s not your team, you’re his assistant, and you want to keep your job. Hackworth’s been assistanting and coaching since 93 and started with colleges. He’s been the 2nd in line, as well as the man in charge throughout his career – especially for our U-17′s. For now, time will tell. This is a new leaf. This is a new day. We got what we were asking for because, well, we didn’t like what we saw anymore. Too much inconsistency (even with success) and then a complete nuclear melt down will result in a quick turnaround. This is our first growing pain. This is our first MAJOR (non-player) change. Will the team go through another overhaul? Will we bring in a (semi) big name? How much allocation money is left?
The better question…
Will we score goals?