[NASL]The NASL's split season offers two chances for success and two chances for failure each year. It worked for and against NASL Coach of the Year. Brian Haynes, who led the Atlanta Silverbacks to the 2013 spring season championship but won't be back in 2014 after a disappointing second half of the season that ended with a 1-0 loss to the New York Cosmos in Soccer Bowl 2013.
“The decision not to exercise Brian’s contract extension was an incredibly difficult one,” said Silverbacks president and GM Andy Smith in a statement. “Brian deserves a tremendous amount of credit for leading the club to a NASL spring season championship, but the organization felt that the team did not meet its expectations towards the end of the season.”
Atlanta won the 2013 spring title on the final day of the season but earned just 16 points over 14 games in the fall season, losing five of its last six games and finishing in seventh place out of eight teams.
“We ended the 2013 season on a downward trend and failed to generate any momentum going into the Soccer Bowl,” said Silverbacks chairman Boris Jerkunica. “The organization didn’t feel good about the direction we were going in 2014, and had to make the tough decision of declining Brian’s contract option.”
Haynes assumed the position in late 2012, taking over for interim head coach Eric Wynalda, who remained with the club as technical director.