Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Another MLS boss departs
by Paul Kennedy, April 14th, 2008 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] John Guppy, who served as the Fire's president and general manager for four years, became the second MLS club boss to depart in three days when he left the Fire on Friday. Red Bull New York managing director Marc de Grandpre resigned on Wednesday.

Guppy's departure was not unexpected. He had brought in by AEG from the MetroStars to replace popular Peter Wilt, but his days appeared to be numbered following last year's sale of the club to Andrew Hauptman.

Guppy fired Dave Sarachan in the middle of the 2007 season and reportedly pushed to hire Houston assistant John Spencer after Sarachan's replacement, Juan Carlos Osorio, bolted Chicago for the Red Bulls, but Hauptman settled on long-time assistant Denis Hamlett as head coach for the 2008 season.

The appearance of ex-Chivas USA executive Javier Leon -- recently named Andell Sports Group managing director -- and Guppy's absence at a recent Hauptman media event signaled a change was in the works. Leon will serve as the Fire's interim president and GM.

"John's professionalism and dedication has been valued and appreciated by the Fire organization for the past four years," said Hauptman, "but I believe it is in the team's best interests to go in a new direction with its senior leadership and management. We are very focused on raising the level of play on the field as well as building a world-class sports enterprise. I am confident that Javier will do a great job managing the organization on an interim basis. Our plan is to begin a comprehensive search for a new president as quickly as possible."

Guppy, who originally came to the USA from England to play college soccer, was the Fire boss during its move to Toyota Park and orchestrated the hiring of Mexican star Cuauhtemoc Blanco, one of the most important MLS signings in history.

Guppy was in Oakland for the Fire's game against San Jose when his departure was announced. The Fire's 1-0 win left it with a 2-0-1 record after three games -- the best record in MLS.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
A back-heel sombrero from Greek boy     
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Greek youth soccer, in a game between AO Ioannina and Agia Eleousa, delivers ...
What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho    
"Obviously they must be very sad with the result but when we lose against a team ...
Report: W-League champion Pali Blues are folding    
The LA Blues won W-League titles as the Pali Blues in 2009, 2009 and 2013 and ...
The Messi files: Eight amazing scoring records    
Lionel Messi holds all the single-season scoring records. Now, he is cleaning up on the all-time ...
Mulroy departs NASL runner-up Ft. Lauderdale Strikers    
Tommy Mulroy, the longtime soccer promoter, is out as the president of the NASL Ft. Lauderdale ...
Business Reporter: adidas to open store in Orlando stadium    
MLS sponsor adidas will operate the league's first in-stadium store starting in 2016 with the opening ...
Three takeaways from Manchester City-Bayern Munich     
The Champions League actually includes runners-up and third- and fourth-place finishers, but this Group E game ...
Marshall becomes first three-time top MLS defender    
In his first season with the Seattle Sounders, Chad Marshall has been named the MLS Defender ...
Copa America: Brazil and Colombia will meet again    
Brazil and Colombia, which faced each other in a hotly contested quarterfinal match at the 2014 ...
Referees grab the spotlight in MLS playoffs    
If the goal of a referee is to go unnoticed, the two referees in Sunday's MLS ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives