Gabriel Heinze canceled days off and told players to RESTRICT how much water they drank… leading club medics and MLS Players Association to COMPLAINT over Argentina’s behavior before he was fired as Atlanta United head coach
- Gabriel Heinze was fired as head coach of Atlanta United’s MLS side on Monday
- The Argentine coach has won just two of his first 13 league games in the lead
- The ex-Man United man reportedly told his players to limit the water they drank
- Club medics had to intervene with Heinze’s water request before he was fired
- He has also reportedly canceled rest days and asked players to keep their phones on
Gabriel Heinze told his Atlanta United squad to limit the amount of water they drank, refused to give them days off and said they should always keep their phones on before he was fired from the MLS side, according to reports.
The former Manchester United and Argentina defender was sacked from his role as head coach of the US team on Monday after just six months in charge, following just two wins in his first 13 league games.
In addition to the battle on the pitch, Heinze fell out with several senior members of the club – including star player Josef Martinez – who ordered the 43-year-old head coach to train alone after he returned from this summer’s Copa America.
Gabriel Heinze went through a rough time at Atlanta United, winning two MLS games in the lead
Heinze reportedly told his players to limit the amount of water they drank
But according to FOX Sports,,Heinze’s problems went deeper than that and a request to drink less water between training sessions and matches forced the medical staff of the club to intervene.
The report also says the Argentine took pre-arranged days off from the players due to poor form, while also demanding that his players keep their phones on so they could be contacted or called to the training pitch at very short notice.
The MLS Players Association has reportedly filed a complaint with the league on behalf of the Atlanta players over Heinze’s behavior.
Despite reports coming from Atlanta following the announcement of Heinze’s resignation, Atlanta club president Darren Eales was positive about the former defender’s influence on the MLS club.
Argentina coach canceled days off for players and told them to keep their phones on
He said: “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.
“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 the club would not give a reason why Heinze was sacked, but did reveal that the team had “some worrying issues over the past few months and the process of reviewing them has led us to this decision today”.
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.
Heinze’s Atlanta took just 13 points from 13 games in this season’s Eastern Conference
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.
Atlanta won the MLS Cup – the American equivalent of the Premier League – in 2018 under Gerardo Martino and was one game away from attempting to repeat that feat the following year under now-fired Dutch boss Frank de Boer.
However, the team’s form collapsed in 2020 and the slight rebound so far under Heinze in position was not enough to save him.
Only former Manchester United teammate Phil Neville’s basement side Inter Miami has scored fewer goals in the Eastern Conference so far this year. Heinze’s assistant Rob Valentino has been Atlanta’s new interim head coach
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After Heinze ended his playing career, playing under strict Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, the former Argentine defender stepped into management.
The 43-year-old 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.