USL: Stuart Campbell departs a day after Rowdies' Open Cup loss

Who says the U.S. Open Cup doesn't count for anything?

A day after the Tampa Bay Rowdies lost to the Jacksonville Armada, their former NASL rival, they parted ways with head coach Stuart Campbell.

“It has been wonderful working with Stuart these last few years, and we will miss him,” said Tampa Bay chairman & CEO Bill Edwards.  “He has been a great example for our players and coaching staff.  We part ways with the utmost respect for one another and I look forward to seeing him at future matches.”

Campbell, who played in England for Leicester City, Birmingham City, Grimsby Town and Bristol Rovers, finished out his playing career with the Rowdies, then joined the coaching staff.

He took over as head coach in August 2015 when Thomas Rongen was fired. He coached the Rowdies in the NASL in 2016 and in the USL 2017.

On Wednesday, the Rowdies were one of seven USL teams to lose to Open Division teams in the Open Cup's second round. They are 4-5-0 and seventh in the USL's Eastern Conference after nine games. All five USL losses have come on shutout defeats on the road.

“This opportunity has been life changing for my family and I," said Campbell, "and for that we will be forever grateful to the Rowdies.”

No successor has yet been named.
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