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7 candidates for the Atlanta United head coach vacancy

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Atlanta United are on the hunt for a new head coach and there are plenty of free-agent managers on the market to look at.

It’s been about a month since the Five Stripes parted ways with Gonzalo Pineda, who had been in charge of the Eastern Conference club since August 2021 and shown some progress but it was nowhere near enough for Atlanta. Rob Valentino was named interim head coach, and you can bet that Atlanta are working behind the scenes on bringing in Pineda’s successor.

First off, we must stop and remember that Atlanta is still a good destination for coaches. Outside of the league’s roster rules, Atlanta has no problem with paying out huge transfer fees to acquire top talent while they also have three open Designated Player slots on their roster. The team really isn’t that far off from being great, either, it’s just missing a few difference-makers and someone that knows how to get everyone pulling in the same direction.

When you add in the fact that Atlanta play in the gorgeous Mercedes-Benz Stadium and have a huge, passionate fanbase, there’s already a few reasons as to why it should be an attractive option.

With Garth Lagerway at the helm, we can expect Atlanta to go after a proven coach with a track record of winning — which is exactly what Pineda was not as the 41-year-old was hired before Lagerway was named the club’s CEO.

There have been rumors that Lagerway isn’t all too interested in continuing the theme of hinging the team’s success on buying talented players from South America and selling them on for profit down the road — the signings of Tristan Muyumba, Bartosz Slisz, Stian Gregersen and Saba Lobjanidze all proved that.

That doesn’t mean Atlanta won’t every sign a young player from that region again, it’s just that Lagerway knows what it takes to build a winning team after his success with Seattle Sounders. With this idea in mind about players, what kind of coaches might Atlanta look at as they aim to reestablish themselves as a top club in Major League Soccer?

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Van Bommel could be the next Atlanta boss / ANP/GettyImages

If Lagerway hopes to bring in an experienced head coach from Europe, look no further than Mark van Brommel.

The former Netherlands international is coming off a rather successful stint with Royal Antwerp in Belgium where he guided the team to a domestic double in the 2022/23 season while also lifting the Belgian Super Cup in the previous term.

It’s more likely that van Bommel holds out for another gig in Europe, but…

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