COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Despite being in the midst of a four-game losing streak, Colorado Rapids head coach Anthony Hudson is a hot commodity.
According to a report from the Northern Echo, a daily newspaper in North East England, Hudson is one of five coaches being considered for the vacant managerial position at Sunderland A.F.C. Following a 24th-place finish in the English Championship this past season, the Black Cats were relegated to League One, the third tier of English football.
Hudson, 37, who signed a three-year contract with Colorado at the start of the 2018 season, doubled down on his commitment to the Rapids when asked about the rumors this week.
“My life right now is the Colorado Rapids,” Hudson told Pro Soccer USA. “I’m just dying to get this team to where we want to be. I want to be here for a long time. I want to build something special here. I communicate that regularly to [Rapids vice president and general manager Padraig Smith].”
Pro Soccer USA reached out to Sunderland officials for comment, but the club neither confirmed nor denied Hudson’s candidacy.
UPDATE: Per Colorado Rapids director of communications Ryan Madden, Hudson has not been in contact with Sunderland.
Of note, Sunderland is still finalizing a deal transferring ownership from businessman Ellis Short to a group led by lawyer Stewart Donald, who currently owns semi-pro team Eastleigh FC. According to a source familiar with the situation, the club cannot commence its managerial search until the deal, which, subject to English Football League approval, is finalized.
Despite Hudson being on the “shortlist” of candidates, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is considered the frontrunner for the position due to his League One experience and previous ties to Donald.
Nevertheless, Colorado’s fanbase has valid reasons for skepticism. The club is just four years removed from the soap opera that saw current FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja leave Colorado to return to the club where he ended his playing career and move up the coaching ranks. Additionally, Hudson has bounced around during his 10 seasons coaching. Colorado marks the eighth different post Hudson has held since the 2008 season.
For now, Hudson remains committed to his current job and preparing the Rapids for their upcoming road tilt at Yankee Stadium against New York City FC.
“I know where we are now, I know what needs to happen, I know the changes we need to make. I know what this team can be. I want to see it through,” Hudson emphasized. “I want to be here a long time. So, I’m not thinking about anything else.”