Report: Eric Wynalda to be named head coach of NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks
The next chapter in Eric Wynalda's coaching career looks set to begin with a team he is quite familiar with.
Sanford Herald reporter Neil Morris tweeted on Monday morning that reliable sources have told him Wynalda is set be appointed the head coach of NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks, which he coached on an interim basis in 2012.
ESPNFC.com reporter Jeff Carlisle followed up with more information, tweeting that the former US men's national team striker has only agreed to coach the Silverbacks through their nine-game Spring Championship season (the NASL has a split season format) and will retain his position as a soccer analyst for FOX.
— Neil Morris (@MarqueeMarquis) January 6, 2014
Re: Eric Wynalda & Atl Silverbacks post, I'm told he's only committed to coaching first 9 games of the season, and is keeping job w/Fox.
— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) January 6, 2014
The Silverbacks have not commented on the matter, but are expected to hold a press conference on Tuesday to announce the appointment.
The controversial Wynalda was previously appointed the interim head coach for Atlanta back in July 2012 and compiled a 3-1-3 record before surprisingly leaving the post to focus on his job at FOX, which he kept throughout the stint.
The Silverbacks finished in first place in the Spring Championship and seventh in the Fall Championship in 2013. They lost at home in November's Soccer Bowl, which pits the two seasons' champions against one another in a winner-takes-all match, by 1-0 to the New York Cosmos.