ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The Atlanta United 2 FC might be playing well on the soccer field but its front-office needs a much-needed boost at the moment.
This scenario developed after Tony Annan, the interim manager, is leaving the club after agreeing to become South Carolina’s men’s soccer coach.
On Tuesday, Atlanta United FC President Darren Eales said they are now addressing the looming departure of Annan and are now interviewing potential candidates.
Eales told Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the new manager of the United Soccer League Championship soccer club could be known by June.
He said they are carefully interviewing potential candidates since the job is tricky because the primary role is not about winning a championship but player development.
The United president said the next manager of United 2 should be humble enough to embrace his role and the challenges of the job.
Eales said the next manager also needs to have the ability to connect with young players and provide a pathway for them into the first team.
Before he decides to resign, Annan is the Atlanta United’s Academy Director, which he has held since December 2016.
Five years since he held the position, Annan was able to produce 12 players who signed professional contracts, including 10 MLS Homegrown players. Of those 10, eight have made appearances for the first team.
Two other academy players signed with Atlanta United 2. Forty-two players received scholarships to Division 1 schools.
Aside from United 2, United is also in need of front-office people namely someone who will replace Lucy Rushton, formerly the head of technical recruitment and analysis, who joined D.C. United as general manager a few weeks ago.
United is also looking to fill in the position of Sean Howe, formerly a video analyst and scout, who also resigned to join Rushton in D.C. United as director of scouting.