Manchester United legend interviewed for Canada men’s national team coach job

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Manchester United legend interviewed for Canada men’s national team coach job

Joel Omotto 18:09 - 29.04.2024

The former Manchester United manager has been approached over the Canada men's national team coach job with an interview reportedly conducted in New York.

In the quest to find the next leader for the Canada men's national soccer team, legendary Manchester United figure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has emerged as one of the contenders.

Interviews for the position have already taken place in New York City, with Solskjaer and Aitor Karanka, the former Middlesbrough coach, reportedly in the mix, according to Jack's report on OneSoccer’s Match Night programme.

While speculation swirled around other high-profile names like Frank Lampard and José Mourinho, it was clarified that they were never serious candidates. Additionally, rumors regarding Paul Clement as a frontrunner were dismissed, as the Englishman has not yet interviewed for the job, contrary to previous reports.

Despite some domestic perceptions of Canadian soccer, internationally, the country's potential and talent haven't gone unnoticed. With its wealth and cultural similarities to the United States, coupled with players performing at prestigious UEFA Champions League clubs, Canada's soccer reputation globally is higher than many might assume.

Amidst the search for a new manager, Canada Soccer's professionalism and process have received praise from various quarters within the soccer community. General Secretary and CEO Kevin Blue have been commended for their approach, drawing positive feedback from players, ex-players, agents, and other stakeholders involved in the process.

As the countdown to the Copa America approaches, there's a sense of urgency to finalise the appointment before the tournament kicks off.

With just 50 days remaining, it's viewed as a crucial opportunity for Canada, considering it's the second most significant tournament they have a chance to participate in. The importance of having a permanent coach in place before the tournament is emphasised, rather than opting for an interim solution.

Canada faces a daunting task as they begin their Copa America campaign against Lionel Messi's Argentina on June 20 in Atlanta.

The selection of the new coach will undoubtedly be watched closely by fans and observers alike, as Canada aims to make its mark on the international soccer stage.