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We’re back with another list of candidates that could potentially take the spot of Atlanta United’s head coaching role vacated by Frank de Boer. 

Although there has been news that interim coach Stephen Glass has been managing the team’s training sessions and running it well, the front office continues to look at other options. Let’s take a peek at these candidates’ styles and what they could offer the team.

Ariel Holan

First is a South American coach who’s currently leading Chilean club Universidad Católica. Holan has a bit of history with one of Atlanta’s players, Ezequiel Barco. In 2017, he won the South American Cup (Copa Sudamericana) with Independiente, a team in the Argentine league. It is safe to say that it might take some time before there is even a chance for Holan to come to Atlanta, the idea is exciting, especially because of his aggressive, attacking style of coaching. 

Patrick Viera

Viera was a very accomplished Frenchman in his playing career, and so far has been a  productive manager. Most recently, he was able to bring his club (Nice FC) to a well-placed finish in his home league, along with a ticket to the Europa League. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work in Atlanta’s favor. It might take some time before the former Arsenal great would consider any offers to move to the U.S. But who knows? Viera has coached in the MLS before, so he’s no stranger to the style of play and the league’s potential. At this point, it’s probably best to keep him in mind for the future.

Aitor Karanka

More of a defensive-oriented coach, Karanka played in the MLS as a defender for the Colorado Rapids. While he has different ideas, his style still adheres to the 4-2-3-1 approach that the club often employs. What could be expected is probably a more solid pressing structure, with more chances for midline players to free up above the attacking lines.

And there you have it – some additional coaching candidates for the top spot in Atlanta. Although there aren’t any big names linked to the club, it will still be interesting to see who they approach, whether or not it’s a longshot. What’s important is to find the right fit and find someone who can smoothly transition into the job. 


By irish

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