The Jaap Stam era came to an end Monday morning as FC Cincinnati announced his dismissal via press release. The move comes after another disappointing result in a wearisome season for the Orange and Blue.
“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.” said FC Cincinnati president Jeff Berding in the clubs press release.
“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.”
The former Manchester United legend compiled an overall record of 8 wins, 13 draws and 28 loses over two incomplete seasons. FCC seemed to begin their return to respectability in June going 2W-2L-7D over a two month span, but recent results along with the departure of GM Gerard Nijkamp may have paved the way for his termination.
FCC’s release stated that a search for a new head coach is already underway.
The club also decided to move on from assistants Yoann Damet and Said Bakkati. Damet had fulfilled the role of interim head coach on two separate occasions after the dismissal of inaugural coach Alan Koch and the controversial Ron Jans.
In a bid to turn the fortunes of the club in their last nine matches, Berding has appointed the head coach of FC Cincinnati’s U-19 squad and future U-23 team Tyrone Marshall as the interim boss.
The move to install Marshall as interim should appease some members of the fanbase as he has substantial experience as a player and coach in Major League Soccer.
Marshall joined the RSL coaching staff in 2015 after a 15-year Major League Soccer career that saw him win MLS Cup twice, the Supporters’ Shield twice and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three times. He departed RSL in early 2021 to rejoin his family in Kentucky and accepted a role in the FCC academy. He left RSL on good terms and was given a glowing review from their manager, now Seattle Sounders assistant Freddy Juarez.
“We want to thank Tyrone from the bottom of our hearts. He has been a big part of our success at Real Salt Lake during his tenure,” Juarez said. “As someone who aspires to be a head coach, this is a great opportunity for him to continue his progression and stay close to his family. We will be rooting for him and he will always have a place in the RSL family.”
According to the club’s release, Marshall is slated to be the coach of the upcoming MLS2 reserve squad in 2022. The Jamaican international will be tasked to right the ship while president Jeff Berding and owner Carl Lindner III move on from yet another coach, in less than ideal circumstances.