CEO of Philadelphia Union Nick Sakiewicz has finally lost patience with coach John Hackworth, who has become the first managerial casualty of the MLS season.
Hackworth was told on Tuesday he was being relieved of his duties. The club have announced that Hackworth’s assistant and former Chicago Fire defender Jim Curtin has taken the hot seat on an interim basis until a full time manager is appointed, as MLS heads into the two-week break for the World Cup.
The dismissal comes after Union’s 3-3 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps at the weekend as they failed to take all three points at home yet again. The 44-year-old had only managed three wins in sixteen games and this is why the change was needed, despite leading the team to the franchises best wins total last season with twelve wins.
John Hackworth joined the Union in 2010 as an assistant manager and as a development co-ordinator after being Bob Bradleys number two between 2007 and 2009 with the United States Men’s National Team.
Hackworth took the reins of head coach in August 2012 and led the club to a 7th place finish last season, and they were just three points from progressing to the MLS Cup knockout round.
Being in the job for a little under two years Hackworth has a win percentage of 32% recording 20 wins, 30 defeats and 20 draws.
Could Jim Curtin get the job full time? And where will we see John Hackworth next?