After the initial report from Ives Galarcep of Goal.com, it has been confirmed by the club that John Harkes is out as the Head Coach of FC Cincinnati. Galarcep also broke the news that Assistant Alan Koch will assume the role of Manager.
This comes as a shock as FC Cincinnati leaves for the IMG Academy to begin their 2017 preseason schedule on Sunday vs. OKC Energy FC. According to Galarcep’s story, “sources says that a power struggle between Harkes and FC Cincinnati president and general manager Jeff Berding led to the abrupt coaching change, which caught players and staff by surprise, especially since Harkes was coaching the team as recently as Thursday.”
It is yet to be seen the immediate effects to the 2017 squad. At Monday’s Press Conference, both Victor Mansaray and Gjiby Fall both gave credit to Coach Koch for bringing them to FC Cincinnati. Koch was the Manager of Vancouver Whitecaps 2 over the past two seasons.
FC Cincinnati confirmed the story Friday evening by releasing the statement below. To hear more about the coaching change, listen to our INSTANT TAKE Podcast.
We have a season to decide the accuracy of the decision. If FC Cincinnati start winning in March or April, all the negatives could be forgotten. Wins or losses will decide how this story plays out. We trust in the leadership of President and General Manager Jeff Berding.
Cincinnati Soccer Talk would like to wish luck to Coach Harkes in his future endeavors.
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FCC President and General Manager Jeff Berding provided the following statement:
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