Atlanta United today announced the club has relieved head coach Gabriel Heinze of his duties, effective immediately. Assistant Coach Rob Valentino will take over as interim head coach.
A variety of issues relating to the day-to-day leadership of the team led the club to this decision.
“This was certainly not a decision we wanted to make at this point in our season, but it was the right one for the club,” said Atlanta United President Darren Eales. “Gabi is a talented coach and is undeniably passionate about his craft and the sport of soccer. We are grateful to him for his service; and wish him all the best in the future.”
Heinze joined Atlanta United in 2020 after two-and-a-half years at Argentine club Velez Sarsfield. He led Atlanta United to a 2-4-7 record to date for the 2021 MLS Regular Season.
During a conference call with Darren Eales and Carlos Bocanegra, the tandem assured the media that the riff between Josef Martinez and the gaffer had nothing to do with their decision. They refused to comment on the coming MLSPA grievance being filed on behalf of the players. Sources have revealed that the players have been overtrained and lacking rest. They ended the call by saying Josef would be available for Wednesday’s match and they would keep us posted on their search for the next coach.