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.