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Lucien Favre: DCU's next head coach?

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Steve Goff's sources indicate that former Hertha Berlin manager Lucien Favre has met with United to discuss taking over the club's vacant head coaching position. Favre nearly won the 2008-2009 Bundesliga title with Hertha before losing his job after a six-game losing streak early in this past season. Before that, he won the Swiss Super League twice with FC Zürich (as well as the Swiss Cup). The former Swiss international has also been linked to the hot seat at FC Köln. My take is that United could do a whole lot worse. The domestic options are either inexperienced (Robin Fraser) or unappealing (Dave Sarachan and Colin Clarke), and Favre has high-level success as a player and as a coach. Obviously foreign coaches have a poor record of adapting to MLS, but New York's recent success with Hans Backe has perhaps showed teams how to make such a set-up work. With Payne confirming to Goff that Ben Olsen will be in place as an assistant under any new coach, perhaps Benny's job will be to serve as a foreign coach's "MLS interpreter," so to speak. That's what Richie Williams is said to have done for Backe in NY. I don't know much about Favre, but he interests me more than the other names that have popped up in connection with the open position. Given how poorly we did with the "safe choice" last season, I find myself more interested in looking abroad than in the normal places MLS clubs look when they need a boss.

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