ANTHONY PULIS: APPOINTED HEAD COACH OF THE MIAMI FC
- Moves from MLS franchise Inter Miami to take the top role at USL Championship club
- Holds Pro Licences from both US Soccer and UEFA
- Believes club can become a powerhouse in the tough USL
- Lured to job by the appeal of becoming a gaffer in his own right again
- Will look to build on solid foundations laid by predecessor Paul Dalglish
ANTHONY PULIS has landed a dream new job as Head Coach of ambitious The Miami FC in America's tough USL Championship.
The 37-year-old Sport Careers Agency client takes over from Scot Paul Dalglish who left the club at the end of their season in the wake of a Conference play-off quarter-final defeat from Louisville City.
Pulis, a holder of Pro Licences from both US Soccer and UEFA, has long since stepped out of the shadow of famous father and former Stoke City boss Tony to forge his own reputation in the States.
Anthony has been with Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami as an assistant coach for the last two seasons.
Now he has moved on to be a gaffer in his own right and he said: ”I'm really excited for the challenge ahead of us at a club that I believe has the potential to be one of if not the best in the USL Championship.
”There is already the nucleus of a good squad of players here who I can't wait to start working with on the training field.
”The immediate focus is to make sure we are intentional about recruiting the right players to complement those we have to ensure we start on the front foot and have a successful 2022 season.
”Building a strong culture and collective team identity will be critical to ensuring we put a team on the field that the community can be proud of.”
Anthony has a rock-solid background in the USL having quit English football almost a decade ago to join Orlando City as a player-coach.
He spent three seasons in that role, playing over 50 games and winning the USL Cup in 2013.
As he pondered when to hang up his boots the coaching bug bit and he was named Head Coach of Orlando City B and also worked as a first team assistant coach in the club's first MLS season.
Pulis guided OCB to the USL Playoffs in 2016 and his success in that role saw him named as Head Coach of USL Championship club Saint Louis FC three years ago.
Again Anthony shone there and was recruited to join Inter Miami CF as an assistant coach.
Now comes the next step and he confessed: ”It was difficult to leave Inter Miami but ultimately my aim is to be a head coach, so when the opportunity came up it was too good to turn down.”
Under Dalglish, the son of Liverpool and Celtic legend Sir Kenny, The Miami FC won back-to-back National Premier Soccer League titles and a National Independent Soccer Association championship.
This season they finished in fourth place in the USL Championship Atlantic Division with 16 wins, 10 losses and six ties before that Conference last eight defeat to Louisville.
Anthony reasoned: ”My experience tells me the successful teams have great chemistry and a balance of personalities.
”The work Paul's done has been really good, full credit to him for the success he had bounding around the different leagues.
”I am fortunate to be inheriting some good players and now it's my job to find the right pieces and put my own stamp on it.”