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The timing may seem a bit off given the team’s recent results on the field, but we no longer need to refer to John Hackworth as the interim manager of the Philadelphia Union.
On Thursday evening, the club announced that Hackworth had been named as “the club’s permanent Team Manager with immediate effect.”
Hackworth was named interim manager of the Union following the firing of Peter Nowak on June 13.
Before thanking the Union ownership, Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, “and our magnificent fans for their continued support,” Hackworth said in the announcement, “I’m very excited to have been given this opportunity. I’ve worked for this organization since 2009 and it’s been a real privilege to see it grow into the wonderful club it is today.
“We have a very talented and committed group of players in our locker room and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to continue working with them long term as they and the organization continue to develop.”
Sakiewicz said in the statement, “John deserves to become our permanent Team Manager. His skilled leadership has reinvigorated our players in recent months and there are some very promising signs that we are moving towards a style of soccer that is in-keeping with our respected Union brand.
“It has been a very tough year on the pitch and clearly,” Sakiewicz continued, “we have a long way to go. But most importantly, the principal reason for making this move right now is because John has a plan to move our team forward and toward the upper reaches of Major League Soccer. That stability is important to our whole organization as we look to finish this season strongly and build again for the next.”
Sakiewicz hinted that Hackworth would be named as permanent team manager at the recent Supporters Summit when he said, “I don’t really want to address the interim thing. But I’ll tell you this: I have a coach. He’s terrific. He’s been with us since day one. I’m not interviewing and I’m not accepting resumes. I’ll leave it at that.”
Well have more on this late-breaking story as it comes available as well as analysis of what this move menas.