A professional since he was 16 years old in Scotland, Glass said nothing in soccer surprises him when asked if a managerial change was expected.
In his first meeting with the team, Glass said he told them he has a desire to unite them again and that they need a bit of direction in how the club wants to play, which is aggressively, and he will have a different management style. The team lost each of its three games in the MLS tournament by identical 1-0 scores and hasn’t scored a goal in 395 minutes.
“It’s not tactics. It’s not formation. It’s a state of mind,” Eales said of what he wants from a manager.
Glass said his work with Atlanta United 2 shows that he understands how the club wants to play and that leading the USL team since last season paved the way for this opportunity. Atlanta United 2 went 9-17-8 last season and was 0-2-1 this season under Glass. Though the results weren’t great, Glass said the mentality of the players and the performances were positive. To be fair to Glass, he typically was working with a revolving series of players each week because of injuries, call-ups, etc.
Eales believes that Glass’ experience as a player under managers such as Bobby Robson at Newcastle United and Tony Mowbry at Hibernian gives him the experience to motivate and re-energize the players. Tony Annan, Atlanta United’s Academy Director who is now interim manager of Atlanta United 2, said that Glass will be honest and fair with the players.
Glass said he is trying to meet with each of the senior-team players individually and that he has found them to be receptive to his message.
“It’s a group of clever footballers here,” he said.
Asked how to get the best out of Designated Players Ezequiel Barco and Pity Martinez, Glass didn’t want to divulge tactics or formations, but said the players need “freedom.” The team’s next game has yet to be announced by MLS, but it is expected to be played in mid-August. Glass did mention that the conversations with players have included formations.
“The biggest thing is the staff will put the players in the best position they can to make them the best possible,” he said.