This is the busiest week in the Timbers' schedule so far this year, and after the start it had on Saturday, I'm not sure I'm optimistic about the rest of it. If the Timbers play tomorrow like it sounds like they played Saturday (never, ever, ever have I been happier to miss a game!), and if they put up another stinker next weekend against the designated team of the King of Utah, is there any possible way that Spencer is still the coach this time next week?
If you are of the mindset that Spencer needs more time, how much more time do you give him? I was of that mindset, but I'm kinda changing my opinion, because I am definitely one who likes good process. I can live with a bad result if it comes from a good process, but I'm not sure that's the case with the Timbers right now, and as much as I thought that might be temporary, the more I see them play, the less I am convinced that's the case.
I'm not much for knee-jerk reactions to bad games, but in all honesty that time is passed - Spencer has to improve quickly, or he probably needs to go. The obvious question there, though, is who replaces him if he gets fired this week or next? The natural thing to do here is to go through the list of available coaches and pick your favorite, but I prefer a more reality-based approach; assume for a start that the likes of Pep Guardiola and Harry Redknapp (you're welcome, Harry, for putting you in a comparison you do not deserve to be in) are not interested in coming to MLS because, well, why would they be at this point in their careers?
So, with that said, if Spencer goes, do you have a preference as to who should replace him? Or do you think he should stay?