Friday, November 9, 2007

Ruud Gullit Goes to Galaxy

Klinsmann passes to stay on with Germany, so LA goes Dutch. Gullit is there to coach by the way, not to play, although maybe he could. Here's a classic video of Gullit's Dutch side.

It took a while to find out how much Ruud Gullit was going to make coaching the LA Galaxy, seems like they should put that right upfront on the news wires--money says it all you know.

Ruud Gullit and LA Galaxy were last night in final discussions over a three-year contract worth about £5million.

So, $6,300,00 in US dollars over there years, if I'm right, and then roughly $2,100,000 per year. I'll double check this as more news comes in, think that was a preliminary contract discussion--check my numbers too.

The Offside
has a good run down on some of the highest paid coaches.

Highest Paid Football Managers in 2006

1. José Mourinho (Chelsea) - 10 million Euros
2. Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) – 6.1 million Euros
3. Fabio Capello (Real Madrid) – 5.8 million Euros
4. Sven-Goran Eriksson (ex-England) – 5.2 million Euros
5. Guus Hiddink (Russia) - 5 million Euros
6. Giovanni Trapattoni (Salzburg) – 4.6 million Euros
7. Frank Rijkaard (Barcelona) – 4.5 million Euros
8. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) – 4.4 million Euros
9. Roberto Mancini (Inter Milan) – 3.4 million Euros
10. Felix Magath (ex-Bayern Munich) – 2.8 million Euros
10. Rafael Benítez (Liverpool) – 2.8 million Euros

More Via the LA Times:

Gullit next coached Newcastle United, also in the Premier League, but again he lasted for only one season and a few games. His most recent coaching role was back with his old club, Feyenoord, in 2004-05. Since then he has worked primarily in television in England and the Netherlands, once having Beckham and his wife, Victoria, on his talk show as guests.

Accustomed to playing alongside or coaching players of a much higher pedigree, the challenge for Gullit, who has shown a short fuse as coach, will be to accept that and also to accept the constraints imposed by MLS. That includes the inability to simply go out and improve the team by throwing money around as top European clubs do.

The reason Frank Yallop opted to leave was too much of a Beckham show. The pressure of the media was taking away from his ability to coach, and more, he just wasn't used to it. The Galaxy wanted someone who is used to dealing with the media, think they've found their man. It will be exciting to see what he's able to do with the club. I'm sure there will be many new signings and changes on the pitch for the Galaxy.