After weeks of speculation over Bradley Carnell’s manager’s future, with ex-Bafana Bafana even linked with Manchester United, the Siya Crew can confirm that Carnell has accepted a head coach position.
Carnell was named to the expanding MLS St Louis City FC franchise in St Louis Missouri.
Speaking to Soccer, Laduma Carnell said: “I am excited about the opportunity to lead St Louis City. It’s a new expansion team in MLS. The style of play we adopt speaks to the community here in the Midwest. There are a lot of firsts here. It’s almost like giving birth to a child. There is this blank canvas now and you can build it from scratch.
St Louis City FC will continue to campaign in the MLS Next Pro League for 2022, which is essentially a second tier transition league to MLS, with Carnell overseeing the club’s development structures and preparing his senior squad for January 2023, date to which the team will officially step up. in MLS. Carnell, who has been awarded a three-year contract, will research and recruit players using his network across the world to recruit the right players. Asked if he would look for players in South Africa, Carnell explained, “I don’t see why. People involved in the club’s scout network are connected all over the world. The club’s European scout networks are extremely strong. Our networks across the Americas are extremely strong. And I have strong links in African structures. We won’t just be looking in South Africa, but across Africa for good players. We want to provide opportunities. I was a young boy from the southern suburbs of Johannesburg who had the opportunity to play at a higher level, now I have the opportunity to be a head coach, and therefore I will seek to give opportunities where I am. can.
Passing on Manchester United‘s opportunity for the job at St Louis, Carnell explained: “From a timing perspective, with the possibility of having a long-term view and then having the opportunity to running, for me was my first choice. Yes, Manchester United is certainly an attractive prospect for any manager and a dream for many. But I was already so far away when this opportunity was discussed. I’m still committed to something I believe in, and I will always be a man of my word. I was already committed to St. Louis and that was my only choice.
With Carnell’s rising star in the coaching arena, there is always a chance that a big club PSL will try to bring him back to South Africa, as happened with Benni McCarthy. Asked if he would be open to this in the future, Carnell said, “I’m focused on the here and now and I’m looking at my short, medium and long term goals with this particular club. Who knows what will happen in 10 or 12 years.
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