MLS: Tampa Bay head coach Alfonso Mondelo resigns

Alfonso Mondelo has resigned as head coach of the Tampa Bay Mutiny, president and general manager Bill Manning announced. Assistants Perry Van Der Beck and Jim McGeough will handle coaching duties for Saturday's home match against the Central Division-leading Chicago Fire. Mondelo, 42, was in his first season with the Mutiny, and compiled a 3-12-1 mark, including Wednesday night's last-minute 2-1 loss to New York/New Jersey, ironically the team he first coached in MLS in 1998. He was 14-11 with the MetroStars that year before a tough-luck losing streak halted his success, but his efforts were enough to propel the squad into the playoffs. Mondelo leaves with a career 17-28-1 record. "This town and these fans deserve a winning team," Mondelo said. "I came here hoping to make a difference. Things have not worked out the way I would have expected. I cannot sit idly by and watch losses game in and game out. I take my job very seriously and very personally. I am a proud person, one who is used to winning, and this situation was becoming very difficult for me. "I want to see this team win, but you can't change the whole team. Therefore, I am stepping down, and give the Mutiny an opportunity to move in another direction, one that will hopefully give Tampa Bay the winning team it deserves. "I am grateful to the Mutiny organization for its support, especially to (president and general manager) Bill Manning. I appreciate what he has done - and will continue to do - in order to make this team win. I only wish the best for the players on the team. "This is a part of life. Life goes on. It's also a part of this business."
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