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Guille Takes the Reins

Guille - The man with a plan.
Guille - The man with a plan.

It was only a matter of time. Guillermo Barros Schelotto has been looking for a coaching position ever since he retired. He finally found one yesterday, Argentine club Lanus.

It was only a matter of time. Guillermo Barros Schelotto has been looking for a coaching position ever since he retired. He finally one yesterday; he will helm Argentine club Lanus. Guille will take over a team that has skirted with the league title in recent years, but struggled in the 2011-12 Clausura.

Mark McCullers has always stated that there is a place in the Crew family for the veterans of the 2008 MLS Cup winning team. The Crew extend an offer to bring in Guille after he was released in 2011, but it wasn't at a senior position. As I understand it, the job was more geared towards talent evaluation and scouting. It's not surprising that Schelotto decided to look at other options given his career goal to coach.

That chance would come when former Lanus player Gabriel Schürrer was dismissed with one game remaining in the Clausura and the team in 10th place. Schelotto will be charged with improving the team for the Aperatura tournament that starts in August.

Certain segments of Crewdom had seen Schelotto as the ideal head coach for the team, given his cerebral style of play, impressive playing resume, and winning mentality. However, it was always unlikely that the Crew front office would change course and dismiss current coach Robert Warzycha after three straight playoff appearances and entrusting him with the job of reworking the roster after the 2011 season.

Any chance that Schelotto will come back to the Crew are now on hold as Guille takes on the next challenge in his career. There will be plenty of people rooting for him from Central Ohio.