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Gullit, Lalas Out

Ruud Gullit gone. Alexi Lalas gone.

Read about it in the Los Angeles Times.

Thoughts?

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2008; 2:55 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Good riddance to Lalas. It's about time.

As for Gullit - AEG might be jumping the gun, but the Dutchman may have had it coming. Hard to tell as a casual observer.

Posted by: SSMD | August 11, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

OMG!~@1!!!

Posted by: td | August 11, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

About time ownership woke up and figured out Lalas was a bumbling idiot!

Posted by: therealfootball | August 11, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

We're Insider loyalists, so this should be no surprise.

Posted by: Section 130 | August 11, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Part of me is a little sad to know that there is a chance that some competent people will be put in place in LA... But on the other hand, it really is much too late for them to have let go of Lalas. I'm not sure Gullit needed to go just now.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | August 11, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

So who will be the new GM if Cobi is the coach I wonder?

Posted by: United fury | August 11, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Anyone want to surmise who's next on the hottest seats after these two are gone? These were the easy choices, so they don't count.

Posted by: FHS | August 11, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I expected Lalas, but not Gullit.

Posted by: Kyle | August 11, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Lalas has nowhere else to go, except...Marcelo Balboa will be out of the booth soon! Yippee!

Posted by: RK | August 11, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Can DC bring Gullit to DC United now? A dumb for Galaxy part for him to let go.

Posted by: arlington4united | August 11, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Gullit is bound for Europe and doubtful to coach again soon. This guy had to hate playing by the uncapitalistic rules of MLS.

Any word on if AEG is blowing up the phone lines to FEMEXFUT to try to talk to SVEN!?!

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | August 11, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Lalas to become Seattle GM and ruin that team as well.

Posted by: Sylvester | August 11, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Glad Lalas was fired! Sorry to hear Gullit is gone.

Posted by: kris | August 11, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I think the team management needed to hit the restart button. As a DC fan I love to see other teams in turmoil, but if we're relying on LA to serve as the face of our league internationally, they need to get it together.

Posted by: MK | August 11, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Lalas will return to studio work for ESPN.

Gullit was one of the all time great players, but is a complete loser as a coach. Classic example of an ex-star who can't relate with the regular players.

I think Galaxy restructure the organization, with Tom Payne taking over all the business, and Paul Bravo taking over all the player personnel. Don't be shocked to see ole Bruce Arena back in MLS soon.

Posted by: JYD | August 11, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I guess Ruud Gullit's decision was made a while back with his house up for sale (his tenor has been so brief that it is difficult to evaluate). The players seemed to be supportive of him.

As for Alexi Lalas, I hope he finds some position within soccer in the US promoting the support in some capacity. Good luck Alexi!!!

Posted by: Tim F. | August 11, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Who would be stupid enough to hire Lalas after this? The man was a nutcase who had no clue what the hell he was doing! Maybe his music will work for now!

Posted by: kris | August 11, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"Those times I waited for you seem so long ago
I wanted you far too much to
ever let you go
You know you never got by "I feel it too"
And I guess I never could stand to lose
It's such a pity to say
Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you"

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 11, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

as a quakes fan i'm loving the meltdown down south! i know it's good for the league to have la do good, blah, blah, blah. it's funny as hell watching this sh!t go down.

Posted by: frank from sf | August 11, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

you could tell that Guillit was not having any fun. Too many constraints. Too many day games in the summer. I am not surprised he quit.

I am sad to see Lalas go just because it means that LA might finally get their act together and I enjoy watching them lose and flounder.

Posted by: Glenn | August 11, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

cheerleaders can have their place in soccer. Just check out the Boca Juniors animadoras.

Posted by: bribri | August 11, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Rick is right -- there's a chance (albeit slim) that there will be people put in place which may actually improve the product on the field.

I'll take Sven in a heartbeat over in Lala Land. Of course, I'd like to see him stay in Mexico for about three more years -- enough to fcuk up the Mexibamas' road to the World Cup.

Posted by: Unrf. | August 11, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

It's really a shame things ended this way. I mean as long as Lalas was in charge we new the Galaxy were destined for failure. I thought Gullit would turn the team around but I am not surprised by his discontent with the way MLS is run. This is bad for MLS because it shows how awful it is to work under MLS rules.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Finally.

They were both awful.

Posted by: Dave | August 11, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

It'll be fun to beat up on Cobi again... I've missed him. Thanks AEG

Posted by: bbarrie | August 11, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Ha! I knew from the moment that Gullit was mentioned to come over here that it wouldn't last long. The man was a gifted footballer but just about a total failure as a human being.

I'm sure that Lalas will be seen busking on skid row in no time.

Posted by: Kev | August 11, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"This is bad for MLS because it shows how awful it is to work under MLS rules."

Or it shows that Gullit can't coach.

Houston and New England seem to do pretty well under the MLS rules, even without designated players. The Galaxy had 3 designated players and still couldn't put together wins.

Posted by: isaac101 | August 11, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Is it really true that Gullit was hired by Beckham's people and not Lalas? And if that is true, what was Lalas doing there at all? Watering the plants in the office lobby?

Posted by: Ron | August 11, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Gullit is bound for Europe and doubtful to coach again soon. This guy had to hate playing by the uncapitalistic rules of MLS.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | August 11, 2008 3:11 PM

Oh he's sh*t with money too

Posted by: Kev | August 11, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Can the disaster that is Fernando at FC Boring Colorado be next to go?

Posted by: Oh please oh please | August 11, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Folks - I don't know why anyone is astonished with this development. LA has a distinguished history of firing coaches in the middle of the season only to make a run for the Championship.

Not to worry - I've already cleared my calender for the rest of the season and am patiently waiting by the phone....

Posted by: Steve Sampson | August 11, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to two embarrassments to the league.

Posted by: Colm | August 11, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Shayna... they bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into. I say... let 'em crash!

Posted by: AM | August 11, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I vote Lalas for Head of the Mexican Futbol Federation -- whatever it may be called. That would be a good place for him.

Posted by: Ron | August 11, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to Lalas. He ruins teams. Not to mention his delusion that the Galaxy can somehow become a global brand.

Posted by: chris | August 11, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I vote Lalas for Head of the Mexican Futbol Federation -- whatever it may be called. That would be a good place for him.

Posted by: Ron | August 11, 2008 3:37 PM

¬°Dios me! That position is taken by Bumble Bee Man!

Posted by: Kev | August 11, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Cienfuegos for Galaxy GM? Anybody?
The bar for success there has been set pretty low.

Posted by: 136 | August 11, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

It is encouraging to see ownership somewhere reacting to terrible performances on the field and holding management accountable for goals the organization set.

If only there was any of that in Colorado.

Posted by: RapidsFan! | August 11, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

It would be much more helpful to the team if Beckham was fired.

I am a loyal United fan who lives in LA and so has season Galaxy tickets. They are a mess and Beckham is usually the worst, most uninterested player on the pitch of every match

Posted by: tammyinlalaland@yahoo.com | August 11, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I betting 24 hours before Gullit starts dissing MLS.

Posted by: TEX | August 11, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Cienfuegos could be a coach too. He is coaching in El Salvador currently.

Posted by: United fury | August 11, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Is their Tom Payne related to DC's Kevin Payne?

Posted by: Bart | August 11, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Arena is available -- if they can get him out of his KC booth job.

Posted by: RK | August 11, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

alexi lalas is not the one who hired gullit and gullit is an incompetent coach...return to comments made the by the portuguese able xavier on this blog only weeks ago people don't like lalas because of his act but he appears to be taking too much of the blame where is tim leiweke's pink slip?

Posted by: Marius Gori | August 11, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHA Cobi Jones as a manager.

Posted by: Max | August 11, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is that, at some point, AEG president, Tim Leiweke, has to be looked at very carefully.

It took him how long to make this decision? And I'm not thinking about the Galaxy alone. Lalas has been a train wreck every where he's been.

Gullit's departure is really not a surprise. The guy clearly doesn't understand the league and how to succeed under it's salary cap and roster limitations.

The sad thing is that they've traded away their youth. They've got nothing but over-aged veterans to work with.

The best thing they can hope for is to sell Landon Donovan to a European team and use the allocation money to restock their youth and role players.

Beckham still has substantial value, but is he someone to build a team around? I doubt it, but it's probably the best thing they've got going for them.

If they want to be considered MLS's Galacticos, then they've got to find cheap talent in CONCACAF to do that. Which means, they've got to look at the youth national teams of Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Canada, and the United States. I wouldn't gamble on Mexico, because they're probably not cheap.

Posted by: TCompton | August 11, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I say this in all honesty, without having thought it through much:

What is Roberto Donadoni up to? White courtesy phone?

MLS experience, top level Euro experience

Posted by: Logan Circle | August 11, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Peter Nowak post-Olympics. You heard it here first.

Posted by: Hoost | August 11, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I betting 24 hours before Gullit starts dissing MLS.

Posted by: TEX | August 11, 2008 3:51 PM

====================================

Maybe not that long. Do you think that the things he is likely to say about the league will be incorrect? Do you think that the things he says will help the league attract the sort of European players what we'd all like to see? (That is, not Xavier, etc. etc.)

Posted by: OWNTF | August 11, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I heard that Alexis Lalas accepted a Manager Job in Lala land.

Posted by: Rumor Man | August 11, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Let me be the 51st to say... it's about time for Lalas.

Posted by: AlexandriaDan | August 11, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

2nd that on Nowak.

Lalas you suck at everything. Go be a middle school gym teacher.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | August 11, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Lalas played in Italy? Those were the days.

Posted by: RK | August 11, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I was expecting this for some time now.

Posted by: The Jim | August 11, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

RK - Tom and Kevin are brothers.

Tom is a great guy..I have talked to him several times and I think that he could do a great job.

Posted by: Tammyinlalaland | August 11, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean they're going to be a good team?

Posted by: sitruc | August 11, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Wish Gullit had stayed a bit longer. I thought Galaxy was one of the more entertaining teams to watch in MLS. They played wide open, end to end soccer which is more fun to watch than some of the top MLS teams.

Lalas had it coming. All talk no substance. What does a GM do anyways? Scout and sign players? BTW - I dont think Donovan is anywhere near worth the money they pay him. Atleast Beckham fills the stands. i would get rid of Donovan and add other players in key positions in the roster.

Posted by: BeijaFlor.. | August 11, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Greg Lalas has made a better career around soccer than Lexi. And he is a boring announcer! HA!

Posted by: JMR | August 11, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I know that the Mathis trade will be small but what does this do to their negotiations?

Posted by: rsl fan | August 11, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I can't reveal the source, but Lalas has already found a new position that not only is worthy of his expertise but also is representative of his talent -

Yes, Lexi Lalas will be the new Ronald McDonald.

You've heart it here first!


lol

Posted by: JSF | August 11, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

To: Bart

Tom Payne won the lucky sperm contest and is Kevin's brother.

Re: Lalas - He has been the lead golden boy of all of the '94 "class" of WC players, all of whom (Harkes, Clavijo, Wynalda, Balboa, etc.) are enabled and indulged by USSF and MLS. They are believed to walk on water and Lalas proved in all of the stops of his MLS wreckage tour that until now he doesn't need to be accountable as others in the league do.

Posted by: lgm6986 | August 11, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I know that the Mathis trade will be small but what does this do to their negotiations?

Posted by: rsl fan | August 11, 2008 5:42 PM
.........................................

I was about to ask the same question, but with respect to Cory Gibbs.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 11, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Lalas brought Beckham and that's the only positive thing. If they had signed some good defendars and a good keeper they would have been fantastic but unfortunately with MLS stupid rules probably play a big role too.
Galaxy drama is on Sky Sport too. I am sure there is none on US media though.

Posted by: td | August 11, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

JOE-DOC -- BREAKING OUT THE SCANDAL!!

Posted by: steve-o | August 11, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

"Lalas brought Beckham and that's the only positive thing..."

Posted by: td | August 11, 2008 7:11 PM

Lalas had NOTHING to do with Beckham coming to MLS. NO THING! That deal was done by Adidas with AEG and SUM. It was done at a level higher level than where Garber sits. Lalas had as much to do with that deal as any beer vendor at HDC did.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

TCompton:

I agree that the LA train wreck can't be pinned entirely on Lalas or Gullit. You have to wonder about Leiweke's leadership, and the fact that Paul Bravo had his say in a lot of their personnel moves. Things might get somewhat better with Lalas out, but I don't see them becoming an actual MLS force without more changes on and off the field.

Logan Circle:

Donadoni was coaching Italy as recently as Euro 2008. I doubt he has much interest in LA.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | August 11, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Is it really true that Gullit was hired by Beckham's people and not Lalas? And if that is true, what was Lalas doing there at all? Watering the plants in the office lobby?

Yes. Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment got Gullit hired under Beckham's recommendation. As far as Lalas goes, he's a corporate tool w/no business acumen nor ability to evaluate playing talent. He was there as a figurehead.

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | August 11, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

"Shayna... they bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into. I say... let 'em crash!"

There's a sale at Penny's!!!

And...Leon's getting LARGER!

Posted by: lprevolution | August 11, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

"Shayna... they bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into. I say... let 'em crash!"

There's a sale at Penny's!!

And, Leon's getting larger!!

Posted by: lprevolution | August 11, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Tim Leiweke hoists himself on his own petard, as his own remarks demonstrate:

The fact is, the players have to look deep inside themselves and understand they have to be responsible for some of this.

Players don't make personnel decisions, Timmy. Neither do they decide to be a "superclub" before they have the resources to do so. Management does, Timmy. That means you, dude. You hired Lalas in the first place despite the fact that he demonstrated neither business acumen nor the ability to evaluate talent. And you let Beckham's handlers hire Gullit, despite his complete lack of familiarity w/American soccer.

Am I angry we find ourselves in the situation we find ourselves in? Yes. This is not a fun week. The Galaxy hasn't made the playoffs for a couple years. Punting on this season is not acceptable. It starts Thursday.

You punted on this season when you kept Lalas, allowed Xavier to stay and allowed Gullit to be hired, Timmy.

I appreciate Cobi's stepping in. The one guy's loyalty and passion over there I don't question is his. I think we have eliminated any and all excuses now. No one can point any fingers.

So, Timmy, are you questioning Beckham's "loyalty and passion"? Aren't you best friends w/him and his agent?

Alexi's been with us a long time. I'm very appreciative of everything he's done for the Galaxy. That one is painful...You can't blame Alexi entirely. I do think we need a fresh start.

Despite the fact that Lalas didn't know how to operate under a salary cap, couldn't judge talent and was the person most responsible for turning this franchise into a laughing stock, you call his firing "painful," Timmy? Maybe it pains you because it demonstrates that you have no ability to evaluate executive talent?!?!?

Then again, we all know what you did for the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, don't we, Timmy?

Do us a favor: stop blaming others and look in the mirror. This debacle has your fingerprints all over it.

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | August 11, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Moreno goal of the week nominee. vote
http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/sights/goal_of_the_week/

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

to issac101
I consider De-Ro a DP for all practical purposes!

Posted by: kevin | August 11, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

wow - so beckham is going to run the show?

Posted by: bobf | August 11, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

@Joseph D'Hippolito: I agree with a lot of what you say, but how can Lalas have been both a mere "figurehead" as well as "the person most responsible for turning this franchise into a laughing stock"?

Posted by: Ron | August 12, 2008 6:25 AM | Report abuse

I heard Curt Onalfo as a possibility as Technical Director and Coach. Thoughts?

Posted by: WFD | August 12, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse

@Joseph D'Hippolito: I agree with a lot of what you say, but how can Lalas have been both a mere "figurehead" as well as "the person most responsible for turning this franchise into a laughing stock"?

Good point, Ron. First, look at Lalas's public statements. He was great at stirring things up in the media; that may well have been one of his responsibilities. What other GM in MLS makes the kind of statements that Lalas did? Second, Lalas and Gullit ostensibly had no working relationship. Lalas was the president and GM of the team and had no working relationship w/his own coach?!?!?

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | August 12, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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