Former Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze has been relieved of his duties as Atlanta United head coach.
Heinze did not make through one season with Atlanta after being hired in December 2020.
The team is on an eight-game winless streak, the club’s longest since joining the MLS in 2017.
Assistant coach Rob Valentino will take over as interim head coach with the club saying in a statement “a variety of issues relating to the day-to-day leadership of the team led the club to this decision.”
“This was certainly not a decision we wanted to make at this point in our season, but it was the right one for the club,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said in a statement. “Gabi is a talented coach and is undeniably passionate about his craft and the sport of soccer. We are grateful to him for his service, and wish him all the best in the future.”
A source confirmed to ESPN a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the MLS Players Association had filed a grievance to the league on behalf of Atlanta players in which multiple violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement were cited.
ESPN can also confirm a report from The Athletic that the violations included exceeding the threshold of training hours ahead of the season opener. The source told ESPN that other violations included not enough days off during a certain period, as mandated by the CBA, as well as Heinze not providing a training schedule far enough in advance.
By FARPost Reporter