FC Cincinnati parts ways with head coach

FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam stands on the sidelines during the first half of an MLS...
FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam stands on the sidelines during the first half of an MLS soccer match between against Toronto FC Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)(Jeff Dean | AP)
Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 10:40 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - FC Cincinnati announced Monday that the team has parted ways with head coach Jaap Stam.

Stam has been relieved from his duties and he will be going back home to be with his family, officials with the club said in a statement.

“During our nearly two-month process to identify the next General Manager for FC Cincinnati, it was apparent that a Head Coach change was necessary. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation, the club has made the decision to now move to the future with Jaap no longer serving as Head Coach.” FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding said.

“We believe a change in leadership is in the best interest of the club at this time, and a new General Manager will lead the search for a new Head Coach. We are an ambitious club, and we remain focused on achieving our goals, the first of which is making Cincinnati a championship city. We thank Jaap for everything he has done for FC Cincinnati during his time here, and we wish him the best as he can now head home to be with his family.”

Stam was hired in 2020 after FC Cincinnati’s previous head coach Ron Jans resigned following accusations of using a racial slur.

The club says that Tyrone Marshall, the FC Cincinnati U-19 squad head coach, will be the interim head coach for the team.

“Tyrone has been a valuable addition to our coaching staff since he arrived earlier this year with a plan to be the future coach of our MLS2 team,” Berding said. “He has shown his coaching ability and leadership qualities, and he is the right person to inject new energy into the locker room and help our squad finish 2021 strong with an eye to the future.”

Club officials say they have also parted ways with a couple of other coaches, Said Bakkati and Yoann Damet.

FC Cincinnati is in second to last place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-8-13 record. FC Cincinnati will be on the road Wednesday to take on last-place Toronto FC.

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