ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The days of Gabriel Heinze as the head coach of Atlanta United FC is now officially over.
On Monday United FC President Darren Eales has decided to relieve Heinze of his duties as the top bench tactician of the team due to some leadership issues in handling the team.
“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,” Eales.
“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,” Eales added.
Heinze joined Atlanta United in 2020 after two-and-a-half years at Argentine club Velez Sarsfield. He led Atlanta United to a 2-4-7 record to date for the 2021 MLS Regular Season.
In the ongoing MLS season, United FC is struggling not only due to the absence of some of its top players due to injuries but the way they play against the other teams this year.
For the past week, it was also rumored that Heinze and United FC star striker Josef Martinez has a feud that drove the former, not to allow the latter to join the team practice despite being physically fit to play.
The absence of Martinez in the recent games of United FC is glaring as the team struggle to find its offense which resulted in defeats and draws.
With the firing of Heinze, Assistant Coach Rob Valentino will take over as interim head coach of the team in the next games.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.