The Houston Dynamo now have an official interim head coach following the vacancy left by Owen Coyle. Assistant Coach Wade Barrett, Sports Performance Director Paul Caffrey, and Goalkeeper Coach Paul Rogers had split managerial duties the last two games, but the de facto leader of the group was Barrett. The Dynamo front office officially promoted Barrett to interim coach for the remainder of the 2016 season (previously he did not have the official tag of interim) following the latest encouraging performances.
Barrett has been with the Dynamo organization since 2006 when the club came from San Jose to Houston and served as an assistant coach under Dominic Kinnear beginning in 2010. When Owen Coyle was named the head coach he retained Barrett and he worked alongside Coyle's usual assistant Sandy Stewart.
In 2016 under Owen Coyle the club was 0-6-0 in their road performances away, but Barrett had led the team to two road draws in games against Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas, currently ranked 4th and 2nd respectively in the Western Conference. Barrett can hopefully apply his experience as a former player with his assistant experience to guide the Dynamo out last place in the West. Many of the players had voiced their support of Barrett which speaks leagues about his leadership among the squad.
The Dynamo currently have a bit of a break thanks to the Copa America tournament which should allow Barrett to adjust schemes towards the style of play that suits him. The team will next face San Antonio FC in a US Open Cup match at BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday June, 15th with the next league match coming at home on Saturday June, 18th against D.C. United.