Former Manchester United and Argentina left-back Gabriel Heinze has been POSTED as Atlanta United boss
Former defender of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Argentina Gabriel Heinze is POSTED as Atlanta United manager after just 13 MLS games at the helm… with only Phil Neville’s Inter Miami lower scorers in the Eastern Conference
- Gabriel Heinze led Atlanta United to just two MLS wins in 13 games in charge
- The 43-year-old took over the role from ex-Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer
- However, Heinze only scored 13 points from as many Eastern Conference games
- Saturday’s loss to New England Revolution was his last game at the helm
- Atlanta won the competition in 2018 and was also successful the following year
- The club has said a feud with striker Josef Martinez Heinze has not cost him his job
Former Manchester United and Argentina left-back Gabriel Heinze has been sacked as Atlanta United manager after just 13 league games and two wins.
The 43-year-old took over last December following the resignation of Frank de Boer and the interim board of Stephen Glass, with the team finishing 12th out of 14 teams in the 2020 Eastern Conference before Heinze’s arrival.
Heinze leaves the Five Stripes with the club having amassed just 13 points from as many games in the Eastern Conference this season, with his last game at the helm a 1-0 home loss to New England Revolution.
Gabriel Heinze has endured a rough time at Atlanta United and only two MLS games while in charge
The 43-year-old’s last game at the helm was Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to New England Revolution
The club also defeated Costa Rican Alajuelen at home and away in the CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 in April, before losing 4-1 overall to the Philadelphia Union.
“It was certainly not a decision we wanted to make at this point in our season, but it was the right decision for the club,” said club president Darren Eales.
“Gabi is a talented coach and undeniably passionate about his profession and football. We are grateful to him for his service; and wish him all the best in the future.’
Eales said a feud with the team’s star player Josef Martinez was not part of the decision, with him and technical director Carlos Bocanegra refusing to comment on the reasons for the sacking.
“Out of respect for Gabi, we are not going to release everything,” Bocanegra said. “We’ve had some worrying issues over the past few months and the process of reviewing them has led us to this decision today.”
Martinez has been with Venezuela for the Copa America this summer, but has not played since his return and earlier this month was tasked with training alone by Heinze, as the 28-year-old watched New England from the bench.
Atlanta won the MLS Cup – the equivalent of the American Premier League – in 2018 and was one game away from attempting to repeat that feat the following year.
However, the team’s form collapsed in 2020 and the slight rebound so far under Heinze in terms of position has not been enough to save him, with only former teammate Phil Neville’s basement side Inter Miami scoring fewer goals so far this year. has scored in the Eastern Conference. with Heinze’s assistant Rob Valentino Atlanta’s new interim head coach
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Only Phil Neville’s Inter Miami has scored fewer goals than Atlanta in the Eastern Conference
Heinze previously managed Godoy Cruz, Argentinos Juniors and Velez Sarsfield in his home country.
The pinnacle of his dugout career was guiding the second of those clubs to promotion to Argentina’s top flight.
However, in achieving that goal, Heinze decided to step down rather than stay on the tight side.