Interesting video with Chris Coleman, former manager for Fulham FC in the English Premier League. Coleman more recently has taken over managerial duties for the Welsh National Team after Garry Speed’s untimely passing.
Coleman goes on to talk about the American players he had during his time with Fulham. You’ll remember, this is the man responsible for bringing over Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey.
McBride became a legend at Fulham, they have a bar inside Craven’s Cottage (stadium) called “McBride’s” certainly an extremely popular player for the cottagers.
He goes on to say how the Americans were such great ambassadors during their time with the club. But I think it’s telling that he says Dempsey should move on, but the reality is, outside of the top 5 or 6 clubs there’s maybe a short list of squads he will find playing time with.
Something a player needs to take into consideration, especially Dempsey, because if he makes the big money move, it will most likely spell the beginning of the end for his time on the pitch.
For the money, I would take a lesser role on a bigger club for the chance at glory. Sitting on the sidelines during the Champions League final, is not such a bad thing. I firmly believe his stature with US Soccer has been cemented in history. He’s not getting younger so why not explore a support role on a top club.
What do you think, should Dempsey move on? Should he stay? What are some of the clubs he could get playing time with? Is Clint Dempsey the greatest American born player ever? Let us know what you think and leave a comment below.