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Sunday, January 31, 2010
What is next for Hamlett?

By Charlie Corr

More than two months have passed since the Chicago Fire parted ways with head coach Denis Hamlett in November.

It was an incredibly quiet exit, one that included a deflating Eastern Conference Final loss to eventual MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake on Nov. 14, 2009, at Toyota Park, followed by the Nov. 24 announcement that the Fire would not pursue extending his contract.

There was no final comment from the man who was a part of the Fire organization for its entirety, starting out as an assistant in 1998 and ending with two seasons at the helm for 2008 and 2009.

So some curiosity is out there: What is next on the docket for Hamlett?

In a brief phone chat -- very brief -- Hamlett did not reveal much, only saying that he is in the process of looking for another soccer coaching position.

"I've got some stuff I'm working on, but I'd like to keep it on the down low for right now," Hamlett said. "When it gets done, I'll be more than happy to fill you in on the details."

Hamlett declined comment regarding the Fire's decision to not extend his contract following the 2009 season, and he did not want to field any other questions related to the organization, simply saying, "I don't think the timing is right."

We can only speculate at this point as to where Hamlett could end up. The highly defensive-minded coach did not match up with current Fire management's vision and expectations. But with 12 years' worth of MLS coaching experience under his belt, the first 10 as an assistant, it would be surprising to not see him latch onto a position in the near future.

Sanneh not in Galaxy preseason training: The Los Angeles Galaxy announced their preseason training camp roster about a week ago, and head coach Bruce Arena did not invite former Fire defender Tony Sanneh. The 38-year-old Sanneh played in 13 regular season games for the MLS Cup runner-up squad last season. It was just a shade more than five years ago (Jan. 30, 2005) when Sanneh joined the Fire organization, while Chicago sent forward Ante Razov to the Columbus Crew.