Gabriel Heinze: MLS Atlanta United club manager sacked after 13 games in charge

Heinze has only won two of his 13 games at the helm of the MLS club

Former Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze has been sacked as Atlanta United boss.

The 43-year-old has won just two of his 13 games at the helm and leaves the club 10th in the MLS Eastern Conference.

Assistant coach Rob Valentino will take over on an interim basis.

“It certainly wasn’t a decision we wanted to make at this point in our season, but it was the right one for the club,” said Atlanta president Darren Eales.

“Gabi is a talented coach and is undeniably passionate about his profession and the sport of football. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best for the future.”

Atlanta, which won the MLS title in 2018 in its second season only as an expansion club, added in a statement that “a variety of issues relating to the day-to-day leadership of the team” led to the sacking. by Heinze.

The former Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Roma defender was appointed in December to replace Frank de Boer, with the Dutchman leaving in July following the team’s poor performance in the MLS tournament. Back.

The 72-cap Argentina international, who helped United claim the Premier League title in 2007, moved to MLS after a three-year stint at Velez Sarsfield.

He was recently criticized for ordering striker Josef Martinez to train away from the club.

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