San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes have ended the Mikael Stahre experiment just days after getting throttled by Sporting KC on their home turf. Assistant Coach, Steve Ralston, will step in to take the reigns for the final six games of the MLS Season.
San Jose Earthquakes Finally End Mikael Stahre Experiment
Stahre’s first 60 minutes in charge of the San Jose Earthquakes looked promising. They were up 3-0 on Minnesota United, and in complete control. Then the team fell apart for the final twenty minutes and barely hung on to all three points. Hope was at its brightest point then for the Earthquakes season, and since then it’s taken a nosedive from 30 thousand feet.
The San Jose Earthquakes are dead last in terms of points in MLS, and have the worst home record in the league. Saturday’s debacle in front of their few remaining faithful was clearly the nail final nail in the coffin that, for some reason, took 16 nails to get shut.
Multiple times this season the San Jose Earthquakes have looked like they’re playing completely without a solid plan, nor the correct to personnel to even execute a plan. Stahre had been under fire since about twelve or thirteen weeks into the season.
Multiple “locker room issues” had been reported, as well as players completely ignoring anything Stahre had to say. You then had the dust-up on the field with Fatai Alashe during the Quakes uninspired loss in Montreal.
Stahre from the get go was not known as a tactician, but more a motivator of men, who loved to tinker like a tactician. It clearly went by the wayside, and for a team with little success since their return to the league in 2008, a season on pace to be the worst in club history was rightfully the final straw.
“I would like to thank Mikael and Alex for their hard work and professionalism this season,” said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli via a Club Press Release. “Mikael has qualities, both as a person and a coach, that will be missed by players, staff and the front office alike.”
“We felt we needed a change and decided that the six remaining games represent an opportunity for all of us to begin heading in a new direction and to evaluate our options actively with a single goal in mind: to strengthen our First Team for the upcoming season and beyond.”
Ralston will take over as the interim manager through the season, with Alex Covello filling in as his assistant, since Stahre’s assistant, Alex de Crook, was also let go. The San Jose Earthquakes have little to play for through the rest of the season, outside of Wondo chasing the all-time MLS Scoring Record. He needs four goals in the final six games to reach that record.