Fire manager takes Millwall hot seat
Millwall have finally announced their new manager to be Chicago Fire's 46 year old Frank Klopas.
The Championship side were subject of a takeover by American consortium Chicago Sports Group and Kenny Jackett left almost instantly, citing his great working relationship with former chairman John Berylson, also an American.
Klopas had a distinguished career in professional football, despite being born in Greece, he made 39 appearances for the USA, scoring 12 goals and played at the '94 World Cup and the 1988 Olympics. He played nearly 100 times for Chicago Fire and AEK Athens combined, scoring 12 goals, although he had most success with Chicago Sting where he scored 62 times in 140 games. He became interim manager of the Fire in 2011, and was later given the job full time. He also managed Chicago Storm, meaning Millwall is the 3rd club in his managerial career. He will be available for an interview before the club's first friendly game versus Forest Green, but he has already said of how delighted he is to receive the job.
"It was always going to be difficult to leave Chicago Fire but when an offer from a club such as Millwall came in, I don't think I could reject that. The club will be one of the best in a few years time, and I want to be part of it. How could I turn it down?"
Millwall are already searching for players from across the pond as they look to rebuild the squad with mainly American players. However, with criticism still coming thick and fast at the club, Jozy Altidore has reportedly rejected a huge deal, claiming it would not be fair for the club to buy all the best players around. Klopas however is reportedly looking for bargains rather than blockbuster deals, and has said he'd prefer to bring in some young talent to the club.
He has been given a £36,00 per week contract lasting 3 years, until 2015.