When Jason Kreis was hired to be the first manager in New York City FC's history, City Football Group (CFG) did everything to ensure his success at the helm of their new club.
First, they tripled his wages, convincing Kreis to leave his comfort zone in Salt Lake City and move cross-country to New York. Kreis then spent a few months in Manchester, learning the "City Way" by following around Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, as well as helping the youth and academy squads. Yet, after all this grooming, it seems as if CFG is ready to pull the plug after just one season.
According to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated, EmpireOfSoccer.com, and the Daily Mail, City Football Group are leaning towards the firing of Jason Kreis this offseason.
The Daily Mail states that City Football Group’s owner, Sheikh Mansour, has grown frustrated with the lack of success in NYCFC's inaugural season. Mansour is disappointed at the lack of playoffs for NYCFC, despite splashing out big bucks for David Villa, Frank Lampard, and Andrea Pirlo. Sheikh Mansour is clearly unimpressed by the return on his "substantial investment," despite the fact that only one expansion club has ever made the playoffs in their first season.
While it was rumored that Manchester City Development Academy coach Patrick Vieira could replace Kreis, Goal.com reported this afternoon that NYCFC are in discussions with Fabio Capello to take over the helm in New York.
The Goal.com report stated that Fabio Capello has been interested for a few months to take over at an MLS club, and NYCFC have begun discussions with the former English National Team manager.
The Italian has plenty of ties with New York City FC, most notably being manager of Frank Lampard's Chelsea, as well as trying to sign Andrea Pirlo many a time when he was at the helm of Real Madrid.
Capello has spent the last eight years coaching national teams; first with England before spending three years with the Russian team. He was dismissed as the coach of the Russian national team in July. Capello also previously managed Real Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus, and Roma.
If NYCFC do pull the plug on Kreis, the former Real Salt Lake manager will have plenty of suitors. Kreis is the youngest coach to win the MLS Cup, winning the cup with Real Salt Lake in 2009. Goal report that two MLS clubs have already contacted him in case he is let go, and rumors suggest he would be the leading candidate for the Chicago Fire vacancy.
Whatever the outcome in New York, it sure seems as if it will be a controversial decision.