New York City FC has announced the departure of head coach Jason Kreis. The club announced its decision via a statement on their website Monday evening.
NYCFC President Tom Glick spoke to NYCFC.com about their decision to let go of their manager.
“The decision to part company with Jason and his team after two years of working together has not been taken lightly and this is a difficult announcement for all involved."
The club stated on their website that the coaching staff did not reach the agreed requirements for the position, and that the board of directors did not see enough progress to give them a reason to retain Kreis and his assistants Miles Joseph and CJ Brown.
The statement read as follows.
"A win rate of less than one in three games and a points tally which was the second lowest in the league is clearly not in line with the targets that were agreed."
"A win rate of less than one in three games and a points tally which was the second lowest in the league is clearly not in line with the targets that were agreed. While the challenges of building and integrating a new team are recognized, it was felt by the Board, following a comprehensive review, that there was not enough evidence of the dynamics required to improve the performance of the team for the next season and beyond."
Kreis had been rumored to lose his gig since the last week of the MLS regular season. Both Fabio Capello and Patrick Vieira have been touted as potential replacements for the outgoing Kreis.
Before leaving Salt Lake City for NYCFC, Kreis became the youngest head coach to win MLS Cup. He led Real Salt Lake to glory in 2009.
The firing of Kreis is a bit surprising. City Football Group (CFG) convinced Kreis to leave Salt Lake City and move cross-country to New York. Kreis then spent a six months in Manchester, learning the "City Way" by following around Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, as well as helping the academy squads. After all this grooming, it seems as if CFG has given up on the leader of their new project.
It now appears that New York City have decided to pursue less MLS experienced managers. Kreis on the other hand won't have a shortage of options. He has been rumored to be the lead candidate to take over the Chicago Fire, while also been linked to other MLS and NASL gigs.