Caps take new approach in

The Vancouver Whitecaps promise to get it right this time in their search for a new head coach.

In a statement released Friday, the club said the new gaffer will be hired only after an “extensive and thorough” search has taken place, something that “wasn’t necessarily the case” when ex coaches Teitur Thordarson and Martin Rennie were hired to lead the club.

That’s a startling admission from an organization looking for its fourth head coach to lead the team into its fourth Major League Soccer season next year. Remember the brief post Thordarson Tom Soehn era?

The statement provides an interesting take on Thordarson’s situation.

It says the Icelandic coach deserved a chance to lead the team in MLS because of his successful record with the squad in three years of tier two soccer. So presumably an “extensive and thorough” search didn’t take place before he got the MLS job.

But when Thordarson was hired, former Caps chief executive officer Paul Barber insisted the team did its due diligence by exploring all other coaching options but kept coming back to Thordarson and time again.

couldn see any reason whatsoever that he shouldn get the job, Barber said at the time.

In Rennie’s case, that same kind of due diligence likely didn’t take place because other teams were interested in him so the Caps swooped in and signed him quickly something they seem to regret in hindsight.

Caps president Bob Lenarduzzi said the team has completed the first set of interviews in its search for a new coach and hopes to hire someone before the end of this year.

Timing is crucial because decisions have to be made on players with contract options and the MLS SuperDraft will be held on Jan. 16.

“What we’d like to do is give ourselves the best chance of success by giving ourselves whatever amount of time that we actually need without getting to the point where we don’t have nike uk a coach by the end of this year,” Lenarduzzi said in the statement.

He said the club wants its new coach to have some kind of MLS experience, either as a player or a coach, even as an assistant coach.

“Having said that, we may open that up if we feel that we’re not getting what we need at this stage,” Lenarduzzi said.

The MLS experience mandate would rule out some “very, very good” overseas coaches who have expressed an interest in the position but it would allow for the hiring of popular Caps assistant Carl Robinson.

Former Montreal manager Jesse Marsch and Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis have also made most pundits’ short lists of potential new Whitecaps coaches.

Lenarduzzi said candidates for the top job understand the club’s decision making structure, which involves a five person committee that approves importan nike uk t transactions. T nike uk he committee consists of owners Greg Kerfoot and Jeff Mallett, chief operating officer Rachel Lewis, Lenarduzzi and director of professional teams Greg Anderson.

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Caps deal Halak to Isles

Have hockey bag, will travel.

That should be Jaroslav Halak mantra.

The veteran goaltender Thursday joined his fourth team in 10 weeks after the Washington Capitals dealt nike uk him to the New York Islanders for a fourth round draft pick.

Halak is a pending unrestricted free agent th nike uk is summer, so the assumption is that the Isles made the deal because they feel confident they can sign him.

Then again, this is the shipwreck known as the Islanders we talking about here so you never know.

After going a stellar 24 9 4 for the Blues this season, Halak was dealt nike uk to the Buffalo Sabres as part of the trade that brought Ryan Miller to Buffalo. In the end, Miller the Blues so called couldn get St. L nike uk ouis out of the first round of the playoffs.

How that work out? Somewhere, Halak must have been chuckling.

Halak did not appear in a game for the Sabres and was ultimately dealt at the trade deadline along with a third round draft pick to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla. He went 5 4 3 with a fine 2.31 goals against average and .930 save percentage for the Caps, but it wasn enough to get the underachieving team into the playoffs.