Monday, March 16, 2009

End of an era?

The rumour is that Dale Mitchell has been, or is in the process of being, re-assigned to a new role within the CSA.

Now, then, would be a good time to take a look back at the Dale Mitchell Era. I could say all sorts of things about the poor results under Dale's tenure, but this is a case where the numbers really speak for themselves.

THE DALE MITCHELL ERA
Date Opponent Location Type CAN Opp Result
11/22/07 Iceland Reykjavik Friendly 1 1 Draw
09/12/07 Costa Rica Toronto Friendly 1 1 Draw
11/20/07 South Africa Durban Friendly 0 2 Loss
01/30/08 Martinique Fort-de-France Friendly 1 0 Win
03/26/08 Estonia Tallinn Friendly 0 2 Loss
05/31/08 Brazil Seattle Friendly 2 3 Loss
06/04/08 Panama Sunrise, FL Friendly 2 2 Draw
06/15/08 St. Vincent Kingstown WCQ 3 0 Win
06/20/08 St. Vincent Montreal WCQ 4 1 Win
08/20/08 Jamaica Toronto WCQ 1 1 Draw
09/06/08 Honduras Montreal WCQ 1 2 Loss
09/10/08 Mexico Chiapa WCQ 1 2 Loss
10/11/08 Honduras San Pedro Sula WCQ 1 3 Loss
10/15/08 Mexico Edmonton WCQ 2 2 Draw
11/19/08 Jamaica Kingston WCQ 0 3 Loss
Totals


20 25


Wins 3




Draws 5




Losses 7



The goals for aren't too bad, but the overall record couldn't be much worse. But it gets worse, when you consider 7 of the goals for and 2 of the wins were against St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

By way of comparison, here are two of the other recent "eras" of MNT coaches:

THE STEPHEN HART ERA
Date Opponent Location Type CAN Opp Result
09/04/06 Jamaica Montreal Friendly 1 0 Win
10/08/06 Jamaica Kingston Friendly 1 2 Loss
11/15/06 Hungary Szekesfehervar Friendly 0 1 Loss
03/25/07 Bermuda Hamilton, Ber. Friendly 3 0 Win
06/01/07 Venezuela Maracaibo Friendly 2 2 Draw
06/06/07 Costa Rica Miami Gold Cup 2 1 Win
06/09/07 Guadeloupe Miami Gold Cup 1 2 Loss
06/11/07 Haiti Miami Gold Cup 2 0 Win
06/16/07 Guatemala Foxboro, MA Gold Cup 3 0 Win
06/21/07 USA Chicago Gold Cup 1 2 Loss
Totals


16 10


Wins 5




Draws 1




Losses 4









THE FRANK YALLOP ERA
Date Opponent Location Type CAN Opp Result
01/18/04 Barbados Bridgetown Friendly 1 0 Win
05/30/04 Wales Wrexham Friendly 0 1 Loss
06/13/04 Belize Kingston, ON WCQ 4 0 Win
06/16/04 Belize Kingston, ON WCQ 4 1 Win
08/18/04 Guatemala Burnaby WCQ 0 2 Loss
09/04/04 Honduras Edmonton WCQ 1 1 Draw
09/08/04 Costa Rica San Jose WCQ 0 1 Loss
10/09/04 Honduras San Pedro Sula WCQ 1 1 Draw
10/13/04 Costa Rica Burnaby WCQ 1 3 Loss
11/17/04 Guatemala Guatemala City WCQ 1 0 Win
02/09/05 North Ireland Belfast Friendly 1 0 Win
03/26/05 Portugal Barcelos Friendly 1 4 Loss
07/02/05 Honduras Burnaby Friendly 1 2 Loss
07/07/05 Costa Rica Seattle Gold Cup 0 1 Loss
07/09/05 USA Seattle Gold Cup 0 2 Loss
07/12/05 Cuba Foxboro, MA Gold Cup 2 1 Win
09/03/05 Spain Santander Friendly 1 2 Loss
11/16/05 Luxembourg Hesperange Friendly 1 0 Win
01/22/06 USA San Diego Friendly 0 0 Draw
03/01/06 Austria Vienna Friendly 2 0 Win
Totals


22 22


Wins 8




Draws 3




Losses 9



I always liked Yallop as a coach, but his numbers here don't look great. Like Mitchell, he benefited with a couple of lopsided World Cup qualifiers against Belize.

Stephen Hart, the man most likely to take over in the short term if Mitchell's reassignment is more fact than fiction, has a nice record. With Hart, since he was only in charge for a short time, and even then it was known to be temporary, it's hard to know how much credit to give him for the team's relative success. I have no problem if he gets a chance to prove himself again at this summer's Gold Cup.

I'd love to go through and compile Holger Osieck's numbers, since he was my favourite of all the coaches since I started following the team. But he was in charge for a long time, and I don't want to spend the time right now to do the work.

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