Real Salt Lake president Bill Manning stopped by the Deseret News building this afternoon to have a chat with our editorial board. On hand was our main editor Joe Cannon, editorial writers Marjorie Cortez, Jay Evensen and Jerry Johnson, in addition to business writer Jason Lee and myself. It was a very good one-hour conversation covering a wide range of topics, and in the coming days I expect a business article from Jason Lee in addition to an editorial or two from our editorial staff.
In reference to the team, Manning said something very interesting that Jason Kreis detractors probably won’t be happy to hear. Manning reiterated that Kreis and general manager Garth Lagerwey have a very detailed plan about how they’re going to make RSL a winning franchise, and he supports the plan. It’s not going to happen overnight, and Manning said he keeps reminding Kreis and Lagerwey to be patient and stick with their plan.
It’s probably why Saturday’s line-up against San Jose was virtually unchanged to the one coach Kreis used in losses to Colorado and FC Dallas in the weeks before.
In listening to Manning talk, I got the impression that he and owner Dave Checketts are willing to be patient with Kreis and Lagerwey, to see how their plan unfolds.
Do you agree with this philosophy?
Response to Robert:
Manning didn’t get into exactly what the plan was, mostly because the questions from the editorial staff were more geared toward the stadium, RSL’s image, etc.
With that said, in speaking with Lagerwey during the preseason he said RSL is very committed to developing young talent, and surrounding them with solid foreign players and American players with experience. From a tactical point of view, I can’t say for sure from previous conversations how that fits into the plan. From an attention to detail perspective and training with a purpose, I must admit that from everything I see in training on a daily basis, things seemed to be organized and heading in the right direction.