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Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:28:44 +0000 #1
Tks to masster at Vs

I did a short interview with Frank Yallop that aired Friday, November 11th during a show called Sports Mag on CFML Radio.

The interview aired in the second segment of the show. I wish I could have gone in depth but most of the students and my instructors (who grade me on this) are not soccer fans so I had to keep it short (I've already been warned about putting too much soccer content in the show in the past). So the questions are pretty basic.

I asked some other questions that I had to cut out of the interview so when I get a chance I will transcribe them and post his answers.

After checking out some of these threads, I realize that I should have asked about Fernandes and gotten more details on friendlies but I didn't.

Yallop commenting on the U18s (or U20 development team) tour of England.

"I didn't go over for the trip but I spoke to Dale at length. We speak a lot anyway, but he felt very good about the group. He felt the time together was the most important thing they had. The games were good. They are playing against equivalent players to them which is good. Some positive results which is always nice to get your wins and your ties and all that other stuff under your belt. He felt that the time together was very, very beneficial for that group, that is going to grow into the team that is going to compete in the next World Cup for the U20s. And he felt good about it, and I would love to have the same sort of scenario with my team but obviously playing professionally in people's first teams it's difficult to get our players together as often as we'd like."

Yallop on Jonathan DeGuzman

"I've spoke to Jonathan a number of times and right at this point in his career he wants to concentrate on his club soccer. Doesn't want to get involved in any international football right now. So it's not something that we just ask him once and let it go. I've kept in contact with Jonathan. He's doing very well at his club. He still feels a tie to Canada which is great and wants to play for Canada, he thinks at some point, but right now he's not ready to commit. So it's a bit of a frustrating thing for us because we understand and we know he's a very good player and we'd love to have him involved. But what we don't want to do is put a gun to his head and put him under pressure and then he pulls away and we lose him. So it's a long process and hopefully you'll see him in a Canada shirt at some point."

Main points from the interview

Against Luxembourg Yallop expects to start with a 4-3-3 formation similar to the game vs Spain.

He obviously wants a win but winning is secondary. His main goal is to take a look at all the players at his disposal and experiment. He wants to be sure of the type of roster he has so the team can hit the ground running for the next round of WCQ. The way he sees it, the next two years are just preparation.

I asked about the positives we have seen from Canadians in Europe (Julian scoring, Radz v Stalteri in the Prem, Canadians at Tromso), his response was that it's great to see, and with the addition of the Toronto stadium, MLS to Canada and WYC 2007, it's his job to bring it all together and turn it into National Team victories.

Other info obtained during the conversation

There will be a national team training camp for him to look at players. It will run for a couple of weeks from the end of January to the beginning of February in Florida. There will be a couple of training matches against teams that have yet to be named.

Canada has submitted lots of requests to play friendlies prior to the WC. They have yet to hear back, but Yallop hopes to get a couple of weeks of training and games around that time.

He would like to try McKenna at forward again. But it was Kevin who felt he wanted to play in the back. I mentioned that I thought central D was our weakest position and although he didn't come out and say it, he kind of agreed. He would like to see Atiba in the mid as well, but he inferred that with Marco Reda out he doesn't really have a choice.

Then I asked if we had seen the last of Bircham and Hastings in a Canadian uniform. Once again, while he didn't come out and give a direct yes, it kind of sounded that way. He said he considers Bircham to be "down the depth chart" for our midfield. With regards to Hastings, he said he is more regularly featuring in the first team at his club, and there may be an opportunity to take a look at him again. So I think Bircham is finished and there is a very, very, very small chance that we might see Hastings.

All in all it was a fairly good interview, and the feeling I got from Frank was that there are some of the necessary pieces in place, now it's his job to get results.

Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:38:02 +0000 #2
Tks to Daniel at Vs who asked some questions of Frank Yallop at the recent game in Luxembourg.

Question answers that I can post before Quebec Soccer comes out this month (which is why my answers might seem incomplete)

General impressions: Nothing too enthusiastic, "a win's a win", "we improved in the 2nd half" etc

On Fernandes: FY mentioned how he's been getting noticeable results "just recently" and how he'd scout him once back in Canada (presumably on video).

On Nsaliwa: Was in camp eight months ago and it seems that when Canada calls "it doesn't always fit with his club schedule". Yallop did not look particularly enthused, and I don't expect that Nsaliwa will get many more chances (probably a few more, though).

Mentioned the Austria game, which we all thought was a scoop.

We should see something resembling an A team this year, I'll let you guess when.

Hutch: Hume laughed when I asked Hutch "about playing central defense" and said "good question". Hutch said he'd rather be playing mid. I asked about the quiet transfer rumour front and he said "we'll see", but it seems like he's hoping for something to happen

Bernier: Asked about a transfer, he seemed a little flat (although he's often like that) and didn't look convinced about his chances of moving this winter.

All the players thanked us for coming as they made their way to the bus from the main entrance (which was a cool thing about the small Lux stadium). Yallop had a word with the other Canadian fans before getting on the bus, which was nice.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 20:06:05 +0000 #3
The Frank Yallop Experience was on CanadaKicks Radio today, a one-hour weekly soccer show. The program will focus one half hour on world and one half hour on Canadian soccer.

Shows will be archived and be available by podcast
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:59:54 +0000 #4
Yallop: Not been contacted by Ipswich

May 19, 2006 News

(CP) -- Canadian national team coach Frank Yallop, who made 326 appearances as a player for Ipswich Town between 1983 and 1996, says he has not heard anything from the English soccer team in its current search for a manager.

The Football Championship side is looking for a successor to veteran manager Joe Royle, under whom the club finished 15th last season.

Former Ipswich captain Tony Mowbray, now managing Hibernian, has ruled himself out of contention for the job, according to the Ipswich website.

Ipswich was also denied permission to speak to Colchester manager Phil Parkinson. Former club captain Terry Butcher took himself out of the running when he signed a deal with Sydney FC.

Yallop said he had not been contacted by the English side, but saw his name mentioned among possible candidates in English reports.

"I was flattered, actually," he said Friday from Vancouver.

Asked if he would be interested in the job, Yallop said: "At some point in my career, I'd love to be able to go over to England to coach or manage. At this point, no. Not right away."

Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks has said he would like a new manager in place by the end of June.

"Ipswich is a large club in the Championship," Sheepshanks was quoted in Ipswich's Evening Star. "There are many fans and I'm sure it will be attractive for many people."

Yallop, 42, is a former manager of the year in Major League Soccer with the San Jose Earthquakes.

Named Canadian coach in December 2003, Yallop was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame last year.

Ipswich is home to Canadian defender Jason DeVos, who captains the side, and midfielder Jaime Peters. In addition to Yallop, Canadian alumni at the club include former goalkeeper Craig Forrest.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 19:47:03 +0000 #5
Tks to Blizzard at Vs for headsup

Struggling Galaxy fire Sampson

By Larry Morgan, Staff writer

CARSON — It was just over a week ago that Galaxy president and general manager Alexi Lalas sharply criticized the players for the team's abysmal start to the 2006 Major League Soccer season. Tuesday, he decided to spread that blame.

Lalas fired head coach Steve Sampson after the Galaxy won only two of their first 11 games. They have lost their last six in a row. The 48-year-old Sampson was hired on Aug. 18, 2004 to replace Sigi Schmid, now with the Columbus Crew, and won the MLS Cup and U.S. Open cups in 2005, but also had a disappointing regular-season record of 17-24-10 (.431).

Help is on the way, however, for the struggling franchise. The Galaxy are expected to announce today the hiring of Frank Yallop, the MLS coach of the year in 2001 when he was with the San Jose Earthquakes. Yallop, 43, won two MLS titles with the Earthquakes (in 2001 and 2003) and has been coaching the Canadian national men's team since 2004.

He takes over a Galaxy team that has played poorly from the start this season. They recently went on a scoreless streak that lasted 525 minutes and have the worst record in the league, 2-8-1.

"It has been an honor to be the head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy for the last two years," Sampson said in a statement. "It was truly a privilege to bring two championships to the fans of Los Angeles.

"I truly enjoyed my time here and wish everyone all the best in the future."

Lalas, who watched part of Tuesday's practice but left before it was over, said relieving Sampson of his duties was a difficult choice to make.

"I take no pleasure in doing this," he said. "But I'm in charge of the team, and I'm responsible to the fans to give them the kind of team they deserve. The Galaxy standard admittedly is very high, and this is not a question of blame but accountability.

"We are all responsible for the situation the Galaxy (find themselves) in right now, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Steve, who worked tirelessly to rectify the situation. But ultimately the decision is based on results, and those haven't been good enough for the Galaxy."

Galaxy midfielder Pete Vagenas said the move caught him off-guard.

"I think that everyone is a little bit surprised, to be quite blunt," he said. "At the same time, it is one of those things where we realize that this is a business and this is about end results. This is about what you have done for me lately.

"I think a clear message was sent, not only to our coaching staff in particular, but to our players. I hope this hits home."

Staff writer Matt Zimmerman contributed to this report.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 21:20:02 +0000 #6
Men's National Team

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Yallop Leaves for MLS’ LA Galaxy

Frank Yallop

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s Men’s National Team head coach, Frank Yallop, has decided to leave his current position for the vacant LA Galaxy head coaching position and will begin work with his new club immediately.

The MLS job was made vacant yesterday following the firing of head coach Steve Sampson, whose tenure as the Galaxy boss lasted nearly two years. Sampson, who had brought the ‘double’ to LA in 2005 after winning both the MLS Cup and US Open Cup in that year, was mired in the longest losing streak (6) in club history and found his Galaxy languishing at the bottom of the league table.

Yallop, whose record was 8-9-3 since his hiring on December 16, 2003, will be making a return to the league where he began his coaching career as an assistant in 1999 with the Tampa Bay Mutiny. Two years later, the former Canadian international took the reins of the San Jose Earthquakes and grabbed two MLS Cup titles in 2001 and 2003 before returning to Canada.

In a statement released today, the Canadian Soccer Association stated that “it was disappointed that Frank Yallop had made the decision to step away from his role as the head coach of Canada’s National Team; especially since the more recent results have looked very promising. However, the Association would like to thank Frank for his effort and dedication and wish both he and his family the best of luck in Los Angeles.”

The former Ipswich Town defender made 52 appearances for his country in an international career that spanned seven years. He made his debut against Mexico in 1990 and then became a regular on the Canadian defence, appearing in every match he was available for from his debut through to the end of qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. His final game was against Costa Rica in 1997. Yallop also captained Canada in 1997 for a World Cup qualifier against the USA.

Canada’s search for Yallop’s replacement will begin immediately.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:15:45 +0000 #7
L.A. Galaxy name Frank Yallop head coach

Former Canadian national team coach won the 2001 and 2003 MLS Cup in San Jose

Los Angeles Galaxy Media Relations

CARSON, CA - The Los Angeles Galaxy named Frank Yallop as the new head coach of the team, the club announced today. Yallop, who most recently served as the head coach of the Canadian National Team, won two MLS Cup Championships with the San Jose Earthquakes and will guide the Galaxy into the Honda Super Clasico on Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. at The Home Depot Center. Yallop, 42, becomes the fifth coach in club history, succeeding former coaches Steve Sampson (2004-2006), Sigi Schmid (1999-2004), Octavio Zambrano (1997-1999) and Lothar Osiander (1996-1997).

"The Jewel of MLS just became more dazzling. It's a pleasure to bring Frank back to the League and, more importantly, to the Galaxy family," said L.A. Galaxy President and General Manager Alexi Lalas. "He's charged with returning this team to the championship caliber that our fans have come to know and expect, and I believe it's only a matter of time before he does exactly that."

After two years leading the Canadian National Team to an overall 8-9-3 record, Yallop returns to Major League Soccer, a league where he enjoyed unprecedented success in bringing the 2001 and 2003 MLS Cup titles to San Jose. The 2001 MLS Coach of the Year, Yallop currently owns the third-highest winning percentage (.595) in MLS history and was in charge as the Earthquakes posted a league-best 41-25-18 record in his three seasons.

"I am very excited to be joining the Galaxy and to be re-joining MLS," Yallop said. "I had a wonderful time in my three years with San Jose as a head coach and, obviously, I am very familiar with the League from my time as a player and an assistant coach in the years before that. It is a wonderful set up in L.A. It is one of the top club situations in MLS and I am really looking forward to getting going and working with the players."

A former Ipswich Town FC (England) and Canadian National Team player, Yallop took over the Earthquakes in 2001 and immediately engineered a historic turnaround, leading the Quakes to a 13-7-6 record and the MLS Championship following a 7-17-8 season the year before. In 2002, Yallop kept San Jose atop MLS for 21 weeks, equaling a then-club record of 45 points despite being forced to use 19 different starting lineups in 28 games. Yallop also served as the winning coach in the 2002 Pepsi MLS All-Star game, as his team of MLS Stars defeated Bruce Arena's U.S. National Team 3-2.

Yallop established San Jose as a true MLS dynasty in 2003, leading the Earthquakes to the clubs first-ever regular season Western Conference title with 51 points and compiling a 14-7-9 record while tying the MLS record for longest road unbeaten streak. Yallop and the Earthquakes rallied from an unthinkable 4-0 aggregate goal deficit in the Western Conference Semifinals to defeat the Galaxy 5-4 before beating Kansas City and then Chicago to secure his second MLS Cup title in three years.

Throughout his coaching tenure, Yallop has shown a shrewd eye for talent and an impressive ability to develop players, as four Earthquakes players made their first appearance with the U.S. National team under Yallop's direction and several others were considered for national team duty. Yallop virtually reconstructed the San Jose roster in 2001 and 2003, making a number of trades and acquisitions as he assembled MLS Cup winners.

Yallop began his coaching career in 1999, accompanying the U.S. Project-40 team on a five-game tour of England. After completion of the tour, Yallop was hired as an assistant coach to Tim Hankinson for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, where he played from 1996-1998. In 2000, he served as the top assistant to Thomas Rongen with D.C. United before joining the Earthquakes in 2001.

Before going into coaching, Yallop enjoyed an illustrious playing career that spanned nearly 20 years in England and the United States. Yallop made 376 appearances and scored nine goals for Ipswich Town FC and played 52 times for the Canadian National Team. Yallop spent three seasons as one of the top defenders in MLS for the Mutiny from 1996-1998.

Yallop currently holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" coaching license and a FA Preliminary Badge.

TRANSACTION: Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) name Frank Yallop head coach.



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