Adrian Heath was recently sacked by Orlando City, following a series of disappointing, and frankly embarrassing results. The MLS side failed to qualify for the playoffs last season under Heath's watch, a task that was not too lofty to achieve. This season has been no different, and has seen the team hovering just underneath a playoff spot for several weeks now. Heath was ultimately sacked in the few days following a loss to an NASL team in the US Open Cup, and a 4-0 loss to MLS side FC Dallas.

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The team also has more draws (10) than any other in the league, showing 20 potential points dropped. 

With Heath being gone, and roughly half a season left to coach with playoffs included, the central Florida team will have to start lining up replacements. Here are three viable replacements for Mr.Adrian Heath:

Preki 

A  former Premier League and MLS player, Predrag Radosavljevic, better known as Preki, has had a coaching career worthy of consideration from the Orlando front office.

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The former Evertonian, just as Adrian Heath was, has coached in MLS and the United Soccer League, also known as USL. In MLS, he coached the likes of Toronto FC and Chivas USA, who are no longer a team. In the USL, Preki was head coach for Sacramento Republic FC, With Sacramento, he went on to win the championship game with them in his first and only season. Preki went on to leave after that year to pursue a coaching career in England, an effort that has ultimately not been fruitful.

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However, the rumors of his potential destination are impressive. It appears as though Preki was potentially considered for the role at Leicester City, the current Premiere League champions, but the team instead picked Claudio Ranieri.

With his vast experience as a player and as a coach in the states, Preki is a solid option. 

Paolo Di Canio

Some readers may consider this one a stretch, considering the caliber of team Di Canio has previously coached.

Paolo Di Canio was most recently at Sunderland in the Premiere League. However, anybody who knows the Premiere League knows that Sunderland are a team who strive for 15th place at best, and they barely avoided relegation in previous seasons. Di Canio was let go from the English side in 2013, and has not had a job on the sidelines since. His coaching job previous to Sunderland was extremely notable, a very successful run with Swindon Town. He had the team promoted from the League 2, and got results against Championship and Premiere League sides, teams a division or two higher than Swindon. 

With the quality of MLS considered, and once compared to any Premiere League side, even Sunderland, it is plain to see that Di Canio could deal with the class of the players that would be at his disposal with Orlando City.

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Hopefully the Italian is craving a new opportunity after 3 years off the job. 

Jason Kries 

Here is a candidate who most certainly considers themselves perfect for the job. Jason Kries has somewhat of a legacy in the MLS, and was only very recently sacked by NYCFC, another MLS club. NYC was also an expansion team, just as Orlando are. Kries has not only been a player in the league, but he has also had an already very significant coaching career with the American 1st division.

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Before his brief stint with NYCFC, Jason Kries coached Real Salt Lake from 2007 to 2013. With the Utah-based team, Kries led his players and fans to their first postseason playoff game in 2008, and kept them in the playoffs every year since. He led them to two MLS Cup finals, and won the first of them in 2009. The second one was lost on penalties in 2013. He also notably led the team out of the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League in the 2010-11 season. 

NYCFC was always goint to be tough, being an expansion side, just as Orlando has been. However, Kries has a very good track record in MLS, and Orlando would be foolish if he wasn't first on their shortlist.

 

So, what do you think? Who should Orlando consider for the coaching role? Have your say in the comments!

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