Chester, PA – Philadelphia Union confirmed that John Hackworth has been named as the club’s permanent Team Manager with immediate effect. Hackworth took over in June as the interim manager after the team sacked then head coach Peter Nowak.
When Hackworth took over the Union were 2-7-2 team. The team came out with fire when he took over, winning four of the six matches. A run that saw the Union beat power-house clubs K.C. and L.A. (away)
Also in the mix of the season he lead the Union to semi-final in the U.S. Open Cup, losing at home to Sporting K.C. A team that went on to win the Cup.
Via Philadelphia Union:
John Hackworth said: “I’m very excited to have been given this opportunity. I’ve worked for this organization since 2009 and it’s been a real privilege to see it grow into the wonderful club it is today.
“We have a very talented and committed group of players in our locker room and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to continue working with them long term as they and the organization continue to develop.
“I’d like to thank Jay Sugarman, Nick Sakiewicz and our magnificent fans for their continued support and I look forward to building towards our future successes together.”
Also commenting on the move Philadelphia Union CEO and Operating Partner, Nick Sakiewicz, said: “John deserves to become our permanent Team Manager. His skilled leadership has reinvigorated our players in recent months and there are some very promising signs that we are moving towards a style of soccer that is in-keeping with our respected Union brand.
“It has been a very tough year on the pitch and clearly, we have a long way to go. But most importantly, the principal reason for making this move right now is because John has a plan to move our team forward and toward the upper reaches of Major League Soccer. That stability is important to our whole organization as we look to finish this season strongly and build again for the next.
“Additionally, John has been a valued member of our family from the very beginning and an integral part of the formation and launch of the Philadelphia Union. He is an excellent coach, his knowledge of Major League Soccer is second to none and he has a proven caliber at every level of the game – including on the international stage.
“John’s honesty, integrity, hardworking, organized and thoughtful style will continue to be an asset to us and I’m delighted that he will be helping to advance our young organization both on and off the field for years to come.”
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