In a recent interview with BigAppleSoccer, current CEO of the Cosmos Seamus O'Brien stated that they expect to announce a GM and coach by the end of October or early November to prepare for the 2013 season. This leads me to beelive they are in the early stages of interviews and decisions. Granted my voice mught not carry a lot of weight here, but i would nonetheless like t make a case for Peter Wilt and Colin Clarke. A NASL expansion side is undoubtably going to need a different type of leadership than say hiring for those roles in a large top flight club here or abroad. The name of the game out of the box is to establish good local grassroots efforts and to find a person that has a track record of results and who has a large address book of contact s and knowledge of the US Soccer scene. Peter Wilt has made a life out of building clubs fromt he ground up and his approach to fan base building in my opinion is exactly what a new lower league franchise needs to connect to their market and audiance. His reputation for identifying with a fanbase and generating interest is unparrelled. The name of the game early on is to set a solid tone and foundation for getting a core fanbase established and tickets sold. While Wilt may not know the NYC/Long Islanbd market as well as the midwestern market of Chicago and Milwaukee, his general philosophy towards accomplishing the goals is spot on. This link expalins everything, and to be honest its the precise approach that the Cosmos need to take in the local market for launch in 2013. http://pitchinvasion.net/blog/2009/08/19/this-should-be-fun/ We all want the Cosmos to be a success story, not a example of failure. Start by hiring a man that can build the right way and who fans can connect and respect. I should also add that Wilt over the years has a good base of contacts to assist the manager in identifying players/agents/etc. As for coach, I admit I do not know the league's rules with respect to coahcs of other teams under contract or if such a "poach" is proper; but knwoing that the first manager will likely have to have a wealth of knowledge about the US lower divisions, ability to identify talent, and a track record of success. We need to rule out unrealstic managers, at least until the team moves (if and/or when) to MLS. I like Colin Clarke, the current Carolina Railhawks manager. He had a 13 year playing career in England and 38 caps for Northern Ireland. But his record as a manager in the USA is one that i believe qualfies him for a top NASL position (to be fair he deserves another shot at MLS). He had a great record a Richmond Kicker manager earning him a job at the Dallas Burn/FC Dallas as an assitant and after being promoted to manager he guided them to 2nd pale in the Westin 2005 and won the west just 3 points shy of the Supporters Shield in 2006. He was let go after being upset by Colorado in the playoffs, but his team was solid and his time at FC Dallas still ranks him as its winningest manager of all time. He guided Puerto Rico to the Commisoner Cup and the final in the USL in 2008 and more impressive he took the Islanders to the CONCACAF CL semi's in 2009 losing on penatlies to Cruz Azul. He managed Puerto Rico's national team and earned some good results and most recently in Carolina he led them to a league best record in 2011 and has them in the semi's in this years 2012 playoffs. He upset LA in this year's USOC. I wager that makes him a very good option as a manager. Of course he could be quite happy in Carolina and may have zero interest. But if he is interested and its acceptable to "poach" him, he would be my choice as the teams NASL manager in 2013 and beyond depending on perfomance. Thoughts? Does anyone have other people in mind?