CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Jeff Berding could soon relinquish one of his titles with Cincinnati’s Major League Soccer team, reports say.
The Athletic Cincinnati says league sources told them FC Cincinnati is in the process of hiring a new general manager.
Sam Stejskal reported Monday that Berding would step down as GM once a new hire is made.
Currently, FCC’s top man holds dual positions as president and general manager, which has been the case since starting the club as a USL team in 2015.
Though the 2019 MLS season is not yet at the halfway point, FCC is already going through major changes.
The team parted ways with head coach Alan Koch May 7 following the team’s fifth straight loss in which the team also did not score a goal for the fifth straight game.
Koch began as an assistant coach with the then-USL team in December 2016 before being promoted to head coach in February 2017.
At the time of the announcement, Berding stressed that the decision was not based on game results, but rather ‘culture.’
FCC promoted longtime-assistant Yoann Damet, 29, to interim head coach while the team searches for an experienced coach to replace Koch.
“We’re going to make sure that we have a head coach coming in who is a big time proven leader not only with results but also with culture,” Berding said.
To national MLS media outlets, the potential hiring of a GM is neither surprising nor new.
The Athletic reiterates that point in their report saying their sources confirm the team has been looking at candidates for several months, even before a decision was made on Koch’s firing.
Stejskal says the new GM will be hired before the team hires a new head coach.
Following the coaching change, FC Cincinnati bounced back from their losing streak to not only score two goals for the first time since April 7, but also won their first game since then. FCC defeated the Montreal Impact 2-1 at Nippert Stadium.