San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes are reportedly set to hire Mikael Stahre as their new Head Coach, replacing Chris Lietch. The news broke on Expressen early this morning. According to Jeff Carlisle, the club is set to make an announcement in the next 48 hours.
San Jose Earthquakes to Hire Mikael Stahre as New Head Coach
Stahre becomes the third manager in Jesse Fioranelli’s less than a year tenure, if you want to include Chris Lietch as one. It now seems like Lietch was more interim than many thought. Joel Soria with SBI Soccer, reports that the Earthquakes contacted Stahre a few months ago when he was in charge of BK Häken. According to Soria, the club made him their top target a few weeks prior and have been trying to negotiate an out. Now Stahre has reportedly left the club in his own effort to get settled as the new head coach of the ‘Quakes.
According to the original Swedish report, the Earthquakes initially tried to offer compensation for the remaining years he had under contract with Häken, but the club denied that and wants to hold the manager to his contract.
Stahre is coming off a very successful campaign with Häken, leading them to a fourth place finish in the Swedish Allsvenskan. He also previously won the Allsvenskan in 2009 with AIK.
Last Words and Final Thoughts
The Earthquakes are definitely better off with Stahre than Lietch. Lietch helped get the job done and get them to the playoffs, barely. But Stahre has plenty of managerial experience, including champions league and Europa League experience. Stahre is considered one of the best coaches in Sweden, and deploys a “very entertaining” style of play. Stahre is likely a better fit long term than Leitch, and that should help bring solace to ‘Quakes fans, who probably didn’t trust Leitch a whole lot due to wild discrepancies in their play.