Sporting Kansas City manager and technical director Peter Vermes has never met Andy Reid, who took over as the Chiefs’ coach in January.
But that doesn’t mean Vermes isn’t familiar with Reid.
“I grew up in the Jersey/Philadelphia area, so I was always an Eagles fan growing up,” Vermes said. “I thought Andy Reid did a great job there and I truly believe that he’s a very, very good coach. I think he’ll do an excellent job here with this team.”
More than that, though, Vermes — a student of both the game and business of soccer — studied Reid’s structure and style from afar.
Vermes doesn’t know Reid personally, but he’s admired him from a distance for a long time.
“I truly mean this, I’ve done some research on the way the Eagles have done their business with their team and also the Patriots,” Vermes said. “It’s always been interesting to me and I’ve always had a distant respect for what (Reid) does.”
Vermes has monitored Reid’s transition from Philadelphia to Kansas City as well and believes that good things are in store for the Chiefs.
“I’ve closely monitored how many players he’s changed in such a short period of time,” Vermes said. “Obviously, he’s making it his team and what he believes is going to help him find success. He’s had a lot of success in the NFL up to this point and I don’t see that that would change.”
Of course, like any coach, he’s also preaching patience for his comrade.
Vermes, who took amidst some dark days for Sporting KC, knows as well as anyone that a culture shift and establishing a winning tradition isn’t something that happens with the snap of one’s fingers.
“The most difficult thing for fans is to give a coach the time that he needs to actually see through his ideas, but I think he’s got a plan,” Vermes said. “He’s a very good coach and I think that he’ll find success here if he’s given the time and the opportunity to do it.”