Back To The Future
FC Tampa Bay Rowdies are looking like contenders. For the 1993 APSL title, that is.
FCTB announced today that Ricky Hill will succeed Paul Dalglish as the club’s manager. I look forward to their matches against the Colorado Foxes and Los Angeles Salsa.
Seriously, whuck? I know Gordon Jago is 78, but Eddie Firmani is only 77, was he not interested?
Perhaps having been thwarted in their quest to call themselves the Rowdies, they just want to recapture those halcyon days of what was once the A-League by bringing back everybody and everything else from the past (if you talk to Terry Rowe, tell him I said hi).
At least Hill has coached before, which was more than could be said about Dalglish – Luton Town FC says Hill “took (the Rowdies) to two national championships and was Coach of the Year,” which is about half-right if you squint. Hill says his goal is a team that will “make the city of Tampa Bay proud.” Which is a neat trick if you can do it, seeing as how there is no city of Tampa Bay. There’s a city of Tampa. There’s a body of water called Tampa Bay. It’s between Tampa and St. Petersburg, which is where the not-Rowdies are considering playing their games this season.
Oy. I guess I should be happy they’re not owned by Traffic. Yet.
EDIT: The team announced Wednesday morning they will play the next two seasons in St. Petersburg. Well, that’s it for them, then.