Charlotte FC has fired its head coach in the middle of its season, the team reported Tuesday.
Miguel Ángel Ramírez was informed by the team’s sporting director and president that he will not continue as the head coach of Charlotte FC.
In his place, Assistant Coach Christian Lattanzio will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2022 season.
Ramírez has a 5-8-1 record with the team. The club’s most recent match ended in a loss Sunday to the Seattle Sounders.
“This is a difficult decision, but one we feel is best for the team at this time,” said owner David Tepper. “I want to thank Miguel and his staff for their hard work during our first season and wish them the best in their future endeavors.”
Assistant Coach Mikel Antía, Head Fitness Coach Cristobal Fuentes Nieto, and First Team Video Analyst Luis Piedrahita are leaving the club with Ramírez.
HAPPENING NOW: @CharlotteFC announcing Miguel Ramirez is OUT as head coach, and Assistant Coach Christian Lattanzio will serve as Interim Head Coach the rest of the season.
Ramírez was announced as the Club’s first head coach on July 7, 2021 — going 5-8-1 in 14 league games.
— DaShawn Brown (@DaShawnWSOC9) May 31, 2022
“We appreciate the contributions of Miguel and his staff to our Club, and wish them well moving forward in their careers,” said Charlotte FC sporting director Zoran Krneta. “We are excited about this opportunity for Christian. He is a very experienced coach who has made a tremendous impact on our squad this season.”
Lattanzio joined the club last summer as an assistant coach, the team said in a news release.
Ramírez was announced as the Club’s first head coach on July 7, 2021.
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— Miguel Ángel Ramírez (@MARamirezMedina) June 5, 2022
Mint City Collective continues to show support after news of firing
The announcement stunned many but for those who follow the team closely, they noticed troubling signs.
“I kind of felt it coming up to it, between Montreal and Vancouver. You could see players, their demeanor, body language. How they’re reacting,” said Brandon Lewis, member of Mint City Collective.
Lewis and Vince Natoli are members of Mint City Collective, which is the largest of the club’s supporter groups.
“You could see there was, at least in my opinion, some lack of cohesion at times and so while it’s something we don’t want to see happen, it’s certainly, we just have to make the best of it and go with it,” Natoli said.
However, not much will change for supporter groups.
“We have to keep showing the same amount of support we usually do,” Natoli said. “Be loud during the games support Christian, like, ‘Thanks Miguel. We appreciate the time. Look, we’re here to move on and move forward. Best of luck to him and then go from there.’”
Charlotte FC’s next game will be at home in Bank of America Stadium against the New York Red Bulls on June 11. It airs at 3 p.m. on ABC.
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