Gerry Dobson handicaps the field, with some big names being thrown about by the Canadian media-
Some big names are believed to be interested in the vacant Toronto FC coaching job.
By now you're aware that when MLSE said they would be after a big name with a significant pedigree in the sport to run Toronto FC, they meant none other than Juergen Klinsmann.
They'll soon make official what has been in the making for a couple of weeks now. Klinsmann is, indeed, their man.
It's unclear exactly what his title will be, but make no mistake, the reality is Klinsmann will be in total command. He'll run everything from the top, right on down to the academy.
The fact that he won't be relocating to Toronto is irrelevant. If you've ever visited Newport Beach, Cal., you'd have an understanding of why Klinsmann's staying put. The place is gorgeous. But seriously, the fact is he'll make all the decisions that matter. Everything else, Klinsmann will leave in the hands of the man (or men) he hires to run the day-to-day stuff. At this point, that's unclear as well. Klinsmann may well appoint a single overseer below him to act as general manager and head coach.
MLSE overseer Tom Anselmi has been telling everyone that applications have been coming in from everywhere. Believe him. We know for a fact that there has been contact with the following people.
* Roberto Donadoni -- The former Italian manager last coached Serie A side Napoli before being fired just over a year ago. He was also dismissed as head coach of Italy the year before. As a player, he was a star for AC Milan before playing a couple of seasons with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars of MLS in 96 and 97. He's the frontrunner.
* Franco Baresi. Another Italian who toiled for 20 years with AC Milan and had some wonderful moments with Italy as well. His managerial resume is short and spotty. Likely a longshot.
* Carlos Queiroz. The Portuguese manager is best known for being Sir Alex Ferguson's No. 2 on two different occasions, but he also ran Real Madrid and Portugal before being fired from his country in September. It's also forgotten by many that Queiroz coached the MetroStars in 1996. Word is, Queiroz made the initial call to Toronto FC.
* Iain Dowie. A long-time player for various clubs at different levels in England. He has also enjoyed several managing positions in recent years around England, but has never managed to stick anywhere for any significant time. He's currently without a club. Another longshot.
These are only a few that we know of. But we keep hearing Donadoni's name over and over.
Another thing to make clear is this: Earl Cochrane, Jim Brennan and Nick Dasovic are going nowhere. No matter what Klinsmann does, MLSE believes strongly in the future of that trio. While none of them are in line for immediate promotion, their places are secure under the Klinsmann regime.