Warzycha favourite for Schmid job at Columbus Crew

Robert Warzycha is favourite to succeed Sigi Schmid as Columbus Crew head coach.

Robert Warzycha is favourite to succeed Sigi Schmid as Columbus Crew head coach.

The former Everton star has been Schmid's No2 and is clear favourite for the top job following the latter's departure for the Seattle Sounders.

"The team is still working on the Sigi situation then will go forward with the hiring of a coach," Warzycha said. "I am one of the candidates but absolutely nothing has been resolved yet.

"I think that (being the head coach) would be best for me. I made it clear a long time ago I needed to spend some time in Columbus coaching. At some point I've said I want to be a head coach. That is a normal progression if you are an assistant. That is the perfect situation for me."

If Warzycha becomes head coach he will also use what he learned from watching Schmid firsthand for three seasons.

"He runs the team very well," Warzycha said. "The players have to buy into what you're doing. They have to trust you and believe in you. It's not only better for the team but for the players. They backed him and trusted him.

"If you approach it the right way then you're going to have success. That's what he did. He identified early that the way were we were going was the right way to win a championship and he was right."

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