Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz is refusing to rule out Rene Meulensteen for the club’s vacant head coaching role, despite interim Jim Curtin looking in line to land the job on a permanent basis.
Meulensteen had been linked to the role this summer after John Hackworth’s sacking in June, but rumours died down following Curtin’s successful start at the helm, with the former Chicago Fire defender guiding the Union to 10 wins and four draws in his first 16 games, as well as to the US Open Cup final.
The club missed out on a place in the post-season, however, after a poor run of results in recent weeks, but Curtin is still expected to take on the position full-time, despite Sakiewicz addressing the Meulensteen rumours on philly.com with the remark: ‘I won't say that won't happen, but it isn't happening just now.’
Meulensteen remains well-regarded from his time spent on the Manchester United coaching staff from 2001 to 2013, but his recent attempts to prove himself as a manager have been met with failure, with a two-week spell at Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala at the start of the 2013-14 season followed up with a disappointing three months in charge of the later-relegated Fulham.
It’s unclear how familiar the Dutchman is with the various rules and regulations of MLS but additional reports have noted that that he could instead take on an executive role in Philadelphia, rather than a coaching position.