The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that John Hutchinson’s time as an assistant manager with Western United has come to an end, as he’ll be returning to Seattle less than a year after he left.
Hutchinson, whose playing career included a decade spent in the Australian A-League with the Central Coast Mariners, got his first coaching experience as an assistant coach under Ezra Hendrickson with S2 in 2017. The following season he was made the head coach for the Seattle Sounders second team when Hendrickson left to join Sigi Schmid with the LA Galaxy. Hutchinson spent 2018, the team’s first season playing in Tacoma, coaching S2. He, too, left the team in 2019 for an assistant coaching gig. Hutchinson was announced as an assistant to head coach Mark Rudan with the A-League’s newest team, Western United, on Jan. 24 this year, a day after S2 — now Tacoma Defiance — announced his departure.
Hutchinson’s return to the Puget Sound appears to include another step up in his career, as the report suggests he’ll be an assistant coach under Brian Schmetzer with the Sounders first team rather than returning to Tacoma. It’s not clear if this move would mean increasing Schmetzer’s compliment of assistant coaches from three to four, or if this is a bit of news preceding the announcement that one of Gonzalo Pineda, Preki, or Djimi Traore is moving on.
It’s possible that there’s some confusion on the other side of the Pacific as to what role Hutchinson will be taking when he returns to the Sounders organization. The news that Marc Nicholls is apparently joining Charlotte’s new MLS team means that there is an open spot within the organizational structure, and that could mean some additional movement.
What do you think? What do you expect Hutchinson’s role to be?