SAN DIEGO — The Sockers will announce today that Ron Newman has signed a contract to continue as coach next season and probably for a few more, according to sources close to the team.
Neither Sockers' majority owner Bob Bell nor Newman would confirm it, but sources say that Newman will sign a five-year deal for somewhere between $500,000 and $600,000.
The Sockers have called a press conference for noon today at the stadium.
"Ron and I will meet (this morning) to try and execute some of the last details of a contract," Bell said. "When everything gets straightened out, we'll let everybody know at the press conference."
Newman, the only coach the indoor Sockers have ever had, came to San Diego in 1980. He led the Sockers to five straight titles before his team was eliminated from this season's Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs in the Western Division finals last week by Tacoma.