In case you have been living under a rock all weekend. Friday afternoon word came out that Houston had allegedly given head coach Dom Kinnear permission to take a coaching job in San Jose if he were offered on. Since then the team has refused to comment on the report.
If true it means that the team would be going through its first coaching search since coming to Houston in 2005. So who do you get to replace the man who has brought Houston two MLS Cups, several trips to the final and a number of Eastern Conference titles?
You could always stay with in the team and promote assistant coach Wade Barrett or Steve Ralston. Barrett played for Houston from 2006-2010 making the jump to coaching after he retired from the field. Ralston is another former player turned coach who spent most of his playing career with the New England Revolution. There is also John Spencer who is a former Dynamo assistant coach who fell off the map after being fired from his head coaching position with the Portland Timbers.
Do you take a look at some of the top college coaches to bring up? Bruce Arena and Caleb Porter were both successful college coaches who are now seeing success in MLS. Arena has won several MLS Cup and Porter was named MLS Coach of the Year in 2013.
Stick with a coach already in MLS and steal him away from another team? You could pick up one of the coaches who will be fired for poor results this season. But their records such that you usually don't want them. You could poach from another team. You could also look to bring a coach to Houston from overseas. There have to be coaches overseas who want to live in the Houston heat and lead this team to victory.
But we want to know who do you think should take the orange reins IF Kinnear were to leave?