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Report: Tony Meola to be named Jacksonville Armada head coach

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Last week, we heard of several candidates that the Jacksonville Armada were considering for their vacant head coaching position, and on Monday, Grant Wahl is reporting that the club has decided on one of that group. Wahl claims that former US international Tony Meola will be named the next head coach of the Armada, taking over a side who did well off the pitch in 2015, but lacked much success on it.

For Meola, this is about as good an opportunity to make his head coaching debut as he's likely to find. Jacksonville's wage budget is rumored to be on the higher side of the NASL, and given that the club finished on the bottom of the table in their inaugural campaign, there's no place to go but up.

The retired US international spent a good portion of his career in the New York Metropolitan area, playing MLS soccer in New Jersey for both the Metrostars and Red Bulls. RBNY legend Mike Petke was also a candidate for the Armada job.