Chop Soccer Podcast | They wildin’ in Charlotte

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[Foul Play]

Miguel Angel Ramirez, was fired unexpectedly on Tuesday, according to the team. The firing, which comes less than halfway through the team’s first Major League Soccer season, was met with no substantive explanation. Charlotte FC has done well for an expansion team so far. The team is 5-2 at Bank of America Stadium, 0-6-1 on the road, and ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference, just outside the playoffs if the season ended today.

Ramirez, 37, was hired in July 2021 after establishing himself as a coach overseas. At the time, he described the job as his “American dream.” The departure is the latest in a string of high-profile departures linked to Tepper Sports & Entertainment, which controls David Tepper’s sports interests (Tepper also owns the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, who share Bank of America Stadium with Charlotte FC).

According to the team’s press release, Ramirez was informed by sporting director Zoran Krneta and Charlotte FC president Joe LaBue that he “will not continue” as head coach. Krneta said in a Zoom press conference later Tuesday afternoon that Charlotte FC needed a change of direction and that firing Ramirez was “a difficult decision and not a decision taken lightly.”

Krneta refused to comment on whether Ramirez and the other team leaders had a philosophical or personal disagreement. “I really don’t want to go into details,” Krneta said. “I mean, it’s not going to benefit anyone.”

Rox and Ken discuss if there are any yellow or red cards to be given out in this situation.

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