FRISCO, Texas – Schellas Hyndman’s tenure as coach of FC Dallas will end after Saturday’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. His association with the team, however, will not.
On Monday, Hyndman told The Dallas Morning News that he would be staying on as a consultant, and on Tuesday after practice he clarified what that role will – and won’t – entail to MLSsoccer.com.
“[Chairman of Hunt Sports Group Clark Hunt] is always [looking out] for my welfare, so what they’ve done is just reassign me … as a consultant to do whatever things they may need,” Hyndman explained. “I will not be working out of an office, basically when they need something, they’ll let me know.”
Hyndman went on to say he would not expect to give any input into the hiring process for the next coach, nor offseason decisions such as players to look at in the Re-Entry Draft or the MLS SuperDraft.
“A new coach is not going to want me trying to influence anything,” said Hyndman. “He needs to have the space and respect of the club to do the job the way he thinks it should be. He should be able to choose his players, like any coach should, without my influence.”
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The consulting agreement will allow Hyndman to pursue other coaching opportunities should they be presented, but he says he has not talked to any other teams yet as it would be inappropriate to do so while he is still FC Dallas’ head coach.
Plus, he feels he still needs to go through a bit of a, “mourning stage,” before deciding with his family what his next move will be. Whatever that decision ends up being, Hyndman is comforted knowing he has the support of Clark Hunt and the entire ownership group of FC Dallas.
“I just think it’s another way to show the sincerity and integrity that Clark has by having something for me to do.”