Just when you thought things were starting to look up for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, head coach Gunter Kronsteiner drops yet another bombshell on facebook, explaining he will not be returning to the club for the 2016 NASL Season.
Kronsteiner, who took over for Marcelo Neveleff at the start of Fall Season, took the Strikers to yet another unprobable playoff berth and nearly knocked off the heavily favored New York Cosmos.
Despite the loss in The Championship semifinals, there was much excitement going forward as the club was ready to start its preseason in January. However, the club will go on without the man who took them to the playoffs two years in a row.
Late Friday, Kronsteiner posted a comment in the Fort Lauderdale Strikers facebook page thanking the fans for a great 2015 season, and explained what was going on.
The Strikers have yet to release an official comment on a coaching change, and with good reason.
Forward Stefano Pinho was awarded the 2015 NASL Golden Ball, which goes to the league’s most valuable player, so it would make sense the Strikers would rather celebrate Pinho’s accomplishments instead of commenting on a coaching change.
According to a league source, Kronsteiner currently has offers from two other NASL clubs, one of them being Indy Eleven, which the source said might be Kronsteiner’s next destination. The source went on to say the Strikers will make the end of the Kronsteiner Era official on Monday afternoon.
Another 90 Minutes Strong source has also confirmed that the Strikers are already looking for their next head coach and have called up former Miami Fusion striker, Jim Rooney for an interview.
Rooney, who is curently an assistant coach for the United States men’s national under-17 soccer team, has long been tied to the Strikers and their ever-changing head coach position but this time, according to the source, the Strikers are ready (and willing) to make him an offer and he could also be annouced as the new head coach within the next week.
Whoever the Strikers decide their next head coach should be, the club should do it fast. Expecially since they prepare for the Florida Cup that they will participate in January.