Early Tuesday morning, Charlotte FC announced head coach Miguel Ángel Ramírez had been let go, but the reasons remain a mystery.
Charlotte FC’s sporting director Zoran Krneta and president Joe LaBue delivered the news to Ramírez. Assistant coach Christian Lattanzio will take over and goalkeeper coach Andy Quy will remain, but Charlotte FC announced many members of the coaching staff will follow Charlotte FC’s first head coach out the door, including assistant coach Mikel Antía, head fitness coach Cristobal Fuentes Nieto, and first team video analyst Luis Piedrahita.
The departure comes after previous departures from Tepper Sports & Entertainment (TSE) this year, including Nick Kelly, who served as both president of Charlotte FC and CEO of Tepper Sports; and Tom Glick, TSE’s president of business operations. Ramírez’s departure doesn’t seem performance-based either; Charlotte is in 8th place in the MLS Eastern Conference, one spot out of the playoffs.
Krneta talked about incoming coach Christian Lattanzio’s pedigree and called him the “right choice going forward and someone who we believe is the best choice.” Lattanzio has worked with legendary coaches like Roberto Mancini, manager of Italy’s national team.
Krneta said the senior leadership team, including LaBue, addressed the players alongside Lattanzio after the decision had been made, but was weary of talking about how the players felt. He made it clear, however, that “the players had nothing to do with this decision.”
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