MLS franchise, Colorado Rapids’ search for a permanent coach continues in a season where they are yet to register a win. As things stand, The Rapids are stuck at the bottom of the Western Conference after 11 games and it is becoming very clear that this franchise is in great need of a face-lift rather than a short term fix.

The Rapids have been linked with a host of coaches and managers in the last few days with the likes of Paul Clement (ex-Reading FC manager) and David Moyes (ex-Manchester United manager) being touted for the coaching position.

However, the general feeling is that the team really needs a long-term fix to its woes. It has been reported that the Rapids are now looking at the profile of the former Olympiakos Nicosia manager, Fangio Buyse.

A new philosophy for a fresh start 

Buyse, a former player in Belgium and Greece is one of the surprise candidates for the managerial hot seat, but could prove to be astute hiring keeping in mind the football philosophy he brings to the table. Buyse is a great proponent of the CogiTraining method that has really helped the Belgian national team become a true force to be reckoned with in recent years.

Some 15 years ago, Belgium started putting more focus on the “mind over matter” rhetoric into football and the transition has been amazing. This is a country that produces soccer players who fit in at every single league. How is it that a Belgian player fits in seamlessly in any league in the world?

The answer is simple! Belgian coaching puts a lot of focus over quick decision-making and multitasking in the head the moment a prospect starts training at a local club.

The proven formula for success 

The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Thorgan Hazard, Steven Defour, Kevin de Bruyne and many others never required a lot of time to settle at their new clubs because at an early age, they were conditioned in a way that they don’t strictly rely on empirical approaches towards the game. Rather, they would work on running multiple scenarios in their heads while on the field.

With an extensive experience of coaching in Cyprus, Greece, and Belgium, where he boasts a winning percentage that even the likes of Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola would be proud of, Buyse is more than likely to be the coach who will redefine football in the United States.

With a singular focus on making every club maximize the potential it has in its development squad, Buyse’s track record has seen him make footballers who are not at the mercy of their physical prowess but those whose quick thinking on the field makes them assets for their club.

Throw in the fact that his coaching staff includes legendary Belgian academy director Michel Bruyninckx (the man behind CogiTraining), means that whoever gets Buyse’s signature is actually going to reap the rewards in the long-term and create the sort of sustainable franchise that MLS has been craving for.