It’s been quite a while since Frank de Boer was the head coach of Atlanta United. In the event that talks with current coaching candidates don’t pan out, Atlanta United interim coach Stephen Glass has a good chance to get the head coaching spot.
Glass, a 44-year-old Scotland native, played for different Premier League, Scottish League, and Championship teams in his career. A midfielder like most coaches, he then made his coaching debut as an assistant coach in the Irish league with the Shamrock Rovers in 2012. Following that, he then left to join Atlanta United and served as the head coach of the United’s USL Championship league representatives, Atlanta United 2.
Most recently, Atlanta United’s main goalkeeper Brad Guzan has nothing but high praises for Glass. The Atlanta United skipper commended the coaching staff for setting up a culture of cohesiveness and promoting activities to rebuild chemistry within the club. Glass also approached each member of the squad personally to ask them about their thoughts and ideas about the team.
Since Frank de Boer was often criticized for having way too much structure and less adaptation and freedom for the players to operate, Glass seems to be heading in a different direction. There seemed to be less of a strict flow of implementation during the team’s recent training sessions. Guzan’s reception towards new initiatives shows that he is trying to improve communication, perhaps to reignite that aggressive spark that the club has had in the past.
This is great news for a club that seemed too stiff in the MLS tournament resumption in Orlando. For the time being, Glass seems to be a good fit for the players and the organization, since he has been part of the team culture for nearly two years. What may stand in his way is that there are other candidates that are more qualified and experienced for the job.
Only time will tell if Glass will be given the opportunity and enough time to spread his wings and maintain the reins of the squad or be relegated to an assistant coach.