Hamlett to meet with Fire Bosses Later this Week

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The Fire's front office brass and Denis Hamlett are scheduled to have a sit-down in the next couple of days to discuss the Head Coach's future at the club.

"We're supposed to have a meeting in the next couple of days," Hamlett said on Tuesday afternoon. "We spoke yesterday and decided that we want to sit down and have a discussion."

Hamlett wouldn't specify exactly who the "we" in the above quote included but it's probably a safe bet to think that Javier Leon (the Managing Director of Andell Sports Group - which owns the Fire), Technical Director Frank Klopas and possibly even Owner Andrew Hauptman will sit in on the meeting.

Hamlett told me that he doesn't know exactly what will be discussed in the meeting, or if the group will come to a final decision on whether or not to renew his contract. Hamlett did say that he feels like he and his staff have done enough to see their contracts renewed though.
"I think that in the two years that myself and my staff have been here we've done a good job," he said. "We've gotten teams to two Conference Finals and a SuperLiga final and while it's definitely about winning championships I think we've shown over the two years that we're a consistent group."

And though Hamlett has been undeniably "consistent" in his two-year tenure as Head Coach, he has yet to get over the hump and bring a trophy back to Toyota Park. That last little fact is something that is sure to be discussed in the upcoming meeting and has been a source of many of the gripes heard throughout the year.

Adding to Hamlett's troubles are the controversies that has surrounded the team at times in his reign. The most notable situation took place this summer, when Hamlett and defender Bakary Soumare got into an infamous locker room "altercation" at halftime on August 9th, effectively ending Soumare's career with the club and landing both parties fines.

I'll have more on the Hamlett situation as it unfolds later on this week, but for now I'll let you guys analyze this situation. I'll be back later in the day with a couple of juicy posts so stay tuned for those.

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  • Sam, can you give us any news on Segares' situation?

    I wasn't excited about what I just read (and saw) recently on the supporters message board about Gonzo's future with Chicago.

    Get your gumshoes on and get back to us.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Hamlett needs to be fired for several reasons. His coaching style has held the Fire back for quite some time. Giving minutes to players, when clearly tactical changes needed to be made. Among other things as well.

    An injury forced Hamlett into making a great sub, which then led to our 2nd leg win over the Revolution. it was not his doing, and it shows he is not willing to make winning moves himself. During the 2nd leg, McBride was ineffective, couldn't hold the ball, and constantly unnecessarily headed the ball to no one up top. McBride was then injured, forcing Hamlett to sub in Nyarko UP TOP, which stretched out the Revs back line and created havoc which then led to the crucial second goal to advance. These are moves Hameltt has to make anyways but never has, and never will. giving minutes to players who aren't earning them.

    A poor home record and consisently being outcoached is another issue. jason kreis made one sub specifically for the sake of penalty kicks in Ned Grabavoy. Hamlett takes off Rolfe and Pappa. I don't care how tired these players are. Rolfe is a marquee European bound player who can take a pk. All he needs is one moment, one shot. Pappa can still do some damage offensively and take a pk. The last game of the season and he takes off 2 huge players. If its midseason whatever, but not in the Finals. Grabavoy made his pk, well done kreis.

    What is hameltt thinking waiting until the 80th minute to sub on Nyarko. Terrible mistake, and why not come on for Mcbride who did nothing to stay on the field. I think we would have saw a different result because Nyarko is ineffective on the wing i.e last game!. Stick with a move that won a crucial game a week ago (Nyarko for mcbride wins the game in reg), but no Mcbride is a great player and does no wrong. Mapp added no spark, no energy and watched as pause and Prideax took pk's! terrible sub by Hamlett, same old terrible Mapp. If he took a pk thats a different story.Nyarko should have taken a pk as well. What do you expect to come from your defensive mid who never shoots and your right back who has never taken a shot.... Why did hamlett let that happenm you need to realize whats going on. he set himself up for failure, didn't make the right subs, didn't prepare us for penalty kicks.

    I don't blame soumare for taking a shot at Hamlett, theres probably a line. We need a new coach, not Tom soehn, HELL NO to sarachan, not preki. A new fresh face that knows how to do the right things to win games. Prefeerably a European coach.

  • In reply to jking:

    Nyarko didn't take a penalty because of the injury he picked up to his head. He was incredibly out of it after he got stitched up and seeing him in the locker room after the game I can tell you that he wasn't in a position to take a penalty. I don't what the deal was with Mapp though...

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    Wasn't there a quote from Hamlett after Superliga about how to choose who takes the PKs? I thought he mentioned it being a combination of who does well with them in practice, and who *wants* to take them. After Mapp's miss in the Superliga, I wouldn't be surprised if his confidence was shot and he deferred to others. Just speculation though.

  • In reply to jking:

    So which is it? Hamlett should leave in ineffective players so they can make their PKs (as you argued should have been done with Rolfe and Pappa) or you should sub out ineffective players even though they hit their PKs (McBride).

    Your rant is inconsistent. You've literally argued both sides of the argument and contradicted yourself for most of the rant.

    Your argument boils down to: I don't like McBride and Hamlett played him too much. I love Rolfe, Pappa, and Nyarko and Hamlett didn't play them enough. Hamlett should be fired.

  • In reply to Byron:

    I don't think that is what he was saying at all. Both Rolfe and Pappa played hard the entire game and were at least as effective as McBride. I think he is just expressing his frustration with how he saw the game. I don't think it has anything to do with hating McBride even though Brian was not very effective after he came back from his surgery and Patrick did generate a lot of pressure on the defenders when he came in that BMB was not doing.

  • In reply to Byron:

    Executive whose job title doesn't explain a whole lot(no, not Klopas):
    Denis, You've sure been somethin' in the past two years with the team.
    Denis:
    Well obviously, I've been consistent, obviously, because I single-handedly brought the team to the conference finals, obviously, and Got rid of the best defender in the league, obviously.
    Owner:
    Yes Denis, that was 'somethin' all right. Well, anyways, we'd like to discuss your future with the organization.
    Denis:
    What's to discuss? Obviously, you're giving me an extention because I'm the best coach in MLS, obviously.
    Owner:
    Uhhh, That's not so obvious, Denis...What I mean to say is, it's not for sure that we'll keep you. Let's review our last season, shall we? Fight with best defender, mediocre subs, another conference final exit at home against an underdog, bad PK choices, weak results, playing to tie, bizarre lineups...hmmm, In fact, on paper it was a pretty weak season...
    Denis:
    Well obviously, I mean on paper we were the second best team in the east but in real life, C'mon!
    Owner: Hmm, now that I think about it, Obviously we should hold a vote.
    Denis:
    Obviously. Three years or four years on my extension? How about a secret ballot.
    Owner:
    I meant another kind of vote. All in favor of firing Denis Hamlett say "I".
    Everybody at the table except Hamlett: I!
    Hamlett: Nay...
    All of the executives give him nice handshakes and pats on the back.
    "Good luck finding a job in Canada, Denis!"
    "Nice forward choices, Hamlett."
    "Keep on punching those strong 6'1 defenders, DH!"
    DOWN WITH HAMLETT!

  • In reply to Byron:

    If Mr Hauptman wants to do what the fans want, then he needs to let go of Denis Hamlett. Klopas is a legend, so I understand, he can stay, but he needs to get on the same page as his coach. Getting a defender before the transfer deadline and not even using him is a failure on both Hamlett and Klopas.

    The fans support you Fire! But we want a trophy so bad now, it's not even funny. We want to stay as one of the elite clubs in MLS, and losing to Real hurt so bad. Especially with boneheaded subs that gave Real the advantage in PK's in a really close game. Firing Hamlett would not be a kneejerk reaction, it would be a well deserved firing. We expected an MLS championship, and a first round loss at the US Open Cup also stings. You want out support? Get a new coach.

  • In reply to waamsy:

    In all fairness to Denis and Frank, it was stated early on when they brought the young guy in that he probably would not see the field. I posted several weeks ago on this site when people were clamoring to see him in an important game that he was brought in as a "work-in-process" project and not to get playing time in critical games. For someone without MLS experience that would have been worse than fatal, IMO.

  • In reply to waamsy:

    While I've been less than happy with some of Denis' decisions this season, when I consider possible MLS head coaching alternatives, nobody jumps to mind that would do a better job than him. I say they offer him a 1 year contract with an option for a 2nd year and see how next season goes. If someone else comes available they won't be locked in for too long.

    Especially with so many players leaving the Fire this offseason, I'd prefer some stability within the coaching ranks.

  • In reply to chicagofire1871:

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  • In reply to chicagofire1871:

    So you enjoy seeing them play a 4-5-1 and play the long ball to McBride's head and have Blanco standing 20 feet offside in hopes that it doesnt touch anyones head so he can turn and lose the ball or put on a lazy shot? Because thats what happened this whole season with the Menace as "coach." If he is there next year I will not be renewing my season tickets and I will just save my money and watch them tie on TV. Everyone has to know that we will NEVER win the cup with the Menace as "coach." So why are they wasting our time and money with this 4th option of a coach?

  • In reply to jking:

    Hamlett is right, he's been consistent. ;)

  • In reply to fireman451:

    If the Fire decide to replace Hamlett, they had better consider their options carefully. Bringing in a European coach who knows nothing about MLS creates more problems than it solves. Many big-name foreign coaches have failed miserably in MLS.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Well, they could try to poach Nowak from the Nats...or is that just fantasy?

  • In reply to tribhater:

    Nowak is the coach for the Philly expansion team

  • In reply to fireman451:

    I'll have a post up about Gonzalo in the next few hours.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    It's never a good sign when you're invited to a meeting and you don't know exactly what is going to be discussed.

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