Over the past few weeks, Philadelphia Union manager John Hackworth has been subject to "Fire Hackworth" chants from the crowd at PPL Park and on Tuesday afternoon he was relieved from his duties with the team. Union assistant coach Jim Curtin will serve as manager in the interim.
The Union currently sit in eighth place in MLS' Eastern Conference with a 3-7-6 record.
“We are an ambitious club and although we are just in our fifth season we expect to win and be in the top tier of MLS. We have begun an ambitious and global search for a team manager who will help guide us to our goal of competing to win the MLS Cup,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & operating partner Nick Sakiewicz said in a statement released by the team.
“Philadelphia is a major market and we expect that there will be significant interest from a wide variety of qualified candidates to become Philadelphia Union’s team manager. We appreciate the work, time and efforts John Hackworth put into building the club and his influence on our youth academy. He is a first class person and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Last season, Hackworth led the Union to a franchise-best 12 win season, but his overall record with the team was a lackluster 23-30-20. The first game for Curtin as interim manager will come on Tuesday, June 17 when the Union host the Harrisburg City Islanders in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup.