, the French coach brought in to coach the NWSL's OL Reign following its sale to France's OL Groupe in late 2019, has resigned.
The move came only seven games into the 2021 season with OL Reign in ninth place, ahead of only first-year Kansas City, and just hours before the match at Houston Dash.
Assistant coach Sam Laity
, who has been with the Reign since its inaugural season in 2013, will serve as interim head coach until a permanent replacement is named.
“We have great respect for Farid’s talents and all he brought to the organization," OL Reign CEO Bill Predmore
said, "but in our recent conversations there was a collective agreement that new leadership was required to achieve the performances and results needed to satisfy our ambitions.”
Benstiti’s record in all league and cup games over two seasons was 6-9-5, including last Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Gotham FC. Jean-Luc Vasseur
, fired as Lyon coach late in the 2020-21 season, is the favorite to replace Benstiti, OL Reign recently added Lyon stars Dzsenifer Marozsan
, Eugenie Le Sommer
and Sarah Bouhaddi
, all on loan for the 2021 season.