On Thursday, the first tangible name associated with Angel City FC’s search for head coaches emerged, in North Carolina, Courage assistant coach Sean Nahas. On Friday, the club issued an oblique statement in response to the backlash from many supporters.
I wrote about this in depth on Thursday, but after Meg Linehan reported that Nahas was the “target” of the NWSL expansion squad to be their first head coach, Angel fan groups City were forceful enough in their displeasure that the club’s head coach would be a man, and groups and individual supporters have asked the club to reconsider repeatedly on social media.
Without getting to the heart of the matter here, the discontent arose less from Nahas himself than from the fact that football training in the United States is predominantly male dominated, including in women’s football, and supporters were expecting Angel City FC, which has touted its women-centric approach since launch, would hire a woman to coach the team, in addition to the advertised front office staff and athletic director Eni Aluko, who are all women.
In response, Angel City FC released a statement on social media on Friday regarding fan complaints.
I have no inside information here, but I think Linehan’s reporting was rock solid. I think the club weren’t expecting any backsliding and in response they are probably reconsidering making Nahas the top pick. And while that might turn out to be rotten for him personally, if the team changes their minds primarily because he’s a male, I guess it could be argued that he’ll likely get another look at some point. from another club.
So we’ll see what happens, but my hunch is that the odds have increased that Angel City FC’s first head coach is female. Stay tuned.
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