Report: Alan Pardew, Tab Ramos among FC Cincinnati coaching candidates

Tab Ramos - National Team - medium shot

FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp has reportedly narrowed down his list of candidates for the club's vacant head coaching position. 

According to ESPN's Kristian Dyer, FC Cincy are interested in US U-20 boss Tab Ramos and Englishman Alan Pardew, among others, to become the club's next head coach.

Ramos has led the US U-20 side to qualification for each of the last four World Cups and has earned a place in the quarterfinals for the last three. In the most recent tournament, the United States beat tournament-favorite France in the Round of 16 prior to falling to Ecuador in the quarterfinals. He told reporters in May that "at some point, yes I would like to" become head coach of senior club team. 

Pardew, meanwhile, has been out of a job since April 2018, though has extensive experience in the Premier League. He enjoyed stops with Newcastle, Crystal Palace and, most recently, West Brom. Prior to those three clubs, he coached Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton. 

He was named Premier League Manager of the Season in 2011/12. 

Dyer added that Aitor Karanka, most recently of Nottingham Forest, is also a candidate. Karanka enjoyed a storied playing career in Spain with Atletico Bilbao and Real Madrid before spending a season with the Colorado Rapids in 2006. 

Cincinnati have been without a full time head coach since parting ways with Alan Koch on May 7, naming 29-year-old Yoann Damet interim boss. Damet has one win and five losses in MLS play since taking over.