A Christmas wish for Canadas Major League Soccer teams - stability. With Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact appointing new head coaches last week, Toronto FCs Ryan Nelsen is now the longest serving manager of the three teams as he enters just his second season in charge of the club. Through seven seasons in MLS there has been constant change at Toronto FC both in management and playing personnel, while the Whitecaps and Impact are also yet to find the precious winning formula since joining the league. Carl Robinson was appointed as Martin Rennies successor in Vancouver last week as the Whitecaps named their third “permanent” head coach in as many MLS seasons. In Montreal, Frank Klopas was handed the job of replacing Marco Schallibaum as the Impact named the third head coach heading into just their third year in MLS. What all three clubs need now is stability. Robinson and Klopas were both handed multi-year contracts, and they need to be given time to implement a plan. Short-term success is desirable of course, but executing a plan that will make their teams playoff contenders for the long-term is much more important. Robinsons appointment was met with many plaudits within the game. Players from within the Whitecaps welcomed the promotion of the assistant coach and talked in glowing terms about his qualities, and those who have played alongside Robinson for club and country such as Arsenals Aaron Ramsey also voiced their belief that he will become a successful coach. I believe Robinson has all the qualities necessary to establish himself as a top coach in Major League Soccer, and hopefully he will be given the time and support from Whitecaps management to allow that to happen in Vancouver. At his introductory press conference, the former Welsh international made no secret of his desire to give younger players a chance in the first team. The Whitecaps have some excellent younger players coming through their Residency Program, along with those already in the team. The Whitecaps have the potential to be an exciting, young, attacking team next season, and Robinson seems to be the perfect person to lead the charge. Of course, it wont always be easy. A new head coach will make mistakes, and young players will lack consistency. It might take some time, but hopefully everyone connected to the club will support the plan and have patience in working towards long-term success. The departure of Marco Schallibaum in Montreal certainly came as no surprise after the Impact coach had been left in limbo following the clubs exit from the playoffs. Schallibaum got off to a fantastic start in Montreal before the team collapsed in the second half of the season, and the way they lost their discipline as they crashed out of the playoffs in Houston was totally unacceptable. In mid-summer, it seemed certain that Schallibaum would return to the club for a second season, but now the Impact will be heading in a different direction for the third successive season. In their expansion year it was Jesse Marsch – a young head coach with vast experience as a player in Major League Soccer. His record was pretty good, but in the end his vision for how to achieve success didnt match with that of the owner Joey Saputo and Sporting Director Nick De Santis. They wanted to regain the Impacts identity and hired an experienced head coach from Europe who had very little knowledge of MLS. At first it seemed like a master-stroke, but the trials of a long MLS season took its toll on both Schallibaum and his team. So now its season three, and a third different type of coach. This time the Impact have tried to find some middle ground. Frank Klopas has European experience spending some of his playing days in Greece, but he also has a deep knowledge of Major League Soccer having been a player and coach in the league for almost two decades. Klopas has the European background that Saputo and DeSantis were looking for when they hired Schallibaum, and also the MLS knowledge they wanted when they chose Marsch. Klopas also has the experience to be able to continue developing the younger coaches within the Impact staff. As with Robinson and the Whitecaps, Klopas needs to be given time in Montreal. As we enter the 2014 season, Ryan Nelsen in Toronto has the shortest leash of the coaches in charge of Canadas three teams. The New Zealander had a poor squad to work with and management upheaval in his first year as a head coach, but now those issues have gone. With Tim Leiweke and Tim Bezbatchenko in charge, the club finally seems to be moving in the right direction. The squad of players will be much improved, and Nelsen will get the support he needs from above. However, Nelsen knows he has to get things right on the pitch quickly. “They wont give me much more time,” he said in a New Zealand newspaper interview this week. Toronto FC needs success or the club is in danger of becoming irrelevant. Stability is key, but Toronto doesnt have the luxury of giving the coach time to work things out. With what we have seen so far this offseason from Leiweke and Bezbatchenko, its likely Nelsen could have the best squad ever assembled by TFC to start a season. With those pieces in place, the pressure will be firmly on the coach to get the team to perform from day one. Donovan Mitchell Jersey
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Jermain Defoe scored in Sunderlands comeback win over Chelsea Premier League relegation battle Position Team Games played Goal difference Points 17th Sunderland 36 -17 35 18th Newcastle 37 -25 34 19th Norwich 36 -27 31 20th Aston Villa (R) 37 -45 17 PermutationsSunderland can guarantee their Premier League survival - and condemn Newcastle and Norwich to the Championship - by beating Everton in their game in hand on Wednesday evening - live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7pm.But their superior goal difference to Newcastle and Norwich means just two points from their final two games would almost certainly be enough to clinch safety. Newcastle were held to a goalless draw by Aston Villa Remaining fixtures Sunderland Newcastle Norwich Everton (h) - Watford (h) Watford (a) Tottenham (h) Everton (a) The only two scenarios in which two points wouldnt be enough for Sunderland would be if Newcastle won their final game with an eight-goal swing or Norwich won their remaining fixtures with a 10-goal swing. Such dramatic swings in goal difference, of course, are extremely improbable. Rafa Benitez was very disappointed with his sides 0-0 draw against Aston Villa The outlook is bleak for Norwich, who must beat Watford and Everton and hope Sunderland take no more than one point from their remaining two games against the same two sides.They would also need Newcastle to drop points at home to Tottenham on the final day. Sam Allardyce reflects on Sunderlands extraordinary win over Chelsea Newcastle could already be relegated by the time they face Tottenham next weekend, but they could clinch survival if they beat Spurs, and Sunderland take a maximum of one point from their remaining fixtures.dddddddddddd Relegation contenders form Team Last eight games (most recent last) Sunderland D D D L W D D W Newcastle D L L W D D W D Norwich L D W W L L L L The odds are stacked in Sunderlands favour after Saturdays action, but could there be one last twist still to come?The omensSunderland have won just one of their last 10 Premier League home matches against Everton (W1 D4 L5).The Black Cats have netted just six goals in that run of 10 matches.Sunderland have lost just one of their last nine Premier League games, winning two and drawing six. Fabio Borini and his Sunderland team-mates have lost just one of their last nine league games The Toffees have registered just one win in their last nine top-flight games, drawing three and losing five.Jermain Defoe netted just three goals in 17 Premier League games against Everton before joining Sunderland but has scored in both games for the Black Cats against the Toffees.Watford have won four of their last six league visits to Norwich (L2).The Canaries have now gone four consecutive Premier League games without scoring. Why former Sunderland player Don Goodman thinks theyre in danger of following in Aston Villas footsteps, even if they avoid relegation this season. The managersBlack Cats boss Sam Allardyce has urged his side to kill off their rivals in front of the Sky cameras.Knowing we can do it in that one game and kill everyone else off is pressure in itself, Allardyce said. Sam Allardyce celebrates victory over Chelsea It would be a great relief for me if the players can do it against Everton. If its points you need on the last day, its even more unpredictable to decide what happens.Rafa Benitez, has admitted his Newcastle side can only sit and wait.The only thing we can do is to prepare for our match and wait for their score, and after, try to win our game, he said. I said to the players, Now it depends on them [Sunderland], so we must work during the week to prepare for us. Alex Neil wont give up until Norwichs fate has been sealed - but admits his job is on the line Norwich boss Alex Neil insists his side will be ready, should the scrap go to the final day.The odds are stacked against us, but if it comes down to one match then anything can happen, he said. We need to keep believing and carry the fight. Were focused and still in with a chance, so we need to give ourselves a shot.Who do you think will stay up? 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