Languishing FC Cincinnati makes Jaap Stam third coaching casualty in three years

After Alan Koch and Ron Jans, Jaap Stam became the third FC Cincinnati head coach to be fired in three years.

The move was no surprise.

Stam took over during the Covid-19 shutdown, and FC Cincinnati finished last in the overall MLS standings. In the offseason, FC Cincinnati spent heavily on new players -- including Brazilian forward Brenner and Argentine Luciano Acosta -- ahead of its move into its new West End stadium, TQL Stadium.

When wins did not follow, the first casualty was Dutch general manager Gerard Nijkamp, who left after two years with FC Cincinnati.

Stam, who won league or cup titles as a player with PSV, Ajax, Manchester United, AC Milan and Lazio, was fired two days after a 4-2 loss at D.C. United left FC Cincinnati with a 4-13-8 record and 20 points, 17 below the playoff line with nine games to play. Only Toronto FC with 19 points has fewer points in the 27-team league.

"During our nearly two-month process to identify the next general manager for FC Cincinnati, it was apparent that a head coach change was necessary," FC Cincinnati president Jeff Berding said in a statement. "Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation, the club has made the decision to now move to the future with Jaap no longer serving as head coach."

Berding said the new general manager will lead the search for a new head coach. Much of FC Cincinnati's problems stem from roster moves ahead pf its MLS launch after three seasons in the USL. Berding held the title of general manager before Nijkamp's hiring but had no background in soccer. He previously worked for the NFL Bengals and served on the Cincinnati city council for six years.

Tyrone Marshall, who joined FC Cincinnati academy's coaching staff in February 2021 from Real Salt Lake, will serve as interim coach. FC Cincinnati fired assistant coaches Said Bakkati, who come with Stam from the  in 2020, and Yoann Damet, who served as interim coach after Koch and Jans were dismissed.

Marshall, who won two MLS titles as a player with the LA Galaxy, spent six seasons at RSL. Berding said he was hired with plans to be coach of its teams in the new MLS third division in 2022:

"He has shown his coaching ability and leadership qualities, and he is the right person to inject new energy into the locker room and help our squad finish 2021 strong with an eye to the future."

9 comments about "Languishing FC Cincinnati makes Jaap Stam third coaching casualty in three years".
  1. frank schoon, September 28, 2021 at 8:39 a.m.

    OK ,it would have been nice for SA to go a little deeper and find out about Stam as coach ,how did he do, what did the players like about him, what did they learn, or found new . What they think the problem was.....Contact a few players and get more info...PLEASE....Info like that can only help fill our library of soccer ,so to speak.....

  2. Charles Davenport replied, September 28, 2021 at 9:05 a.m.

    I wish SA provided a simple "like" button...thank you

  3. frank schoon, September 28, 2021 at 10:38 a.m.

    If someone was fired at a Dutch club as coach, the dutch soccer journalists would asked pertinent questions about the coach , good or bad, cicumstances of the club, perhaps what else should have been aired and some comments by some of the players of what they thought about the coach ,positive or negative...

    Within that type of formats certain aspects can be learned especially comments from the players as far as coaching and training and perhaps certain things on the administrative side ,good or bad.

    I hope SA will attempt soon to have an article about that...If this country is going to develop and become more of a soccer culture we need a good input from the soccer press, i.e. the journalists

  4. humble 1, September 28, 2021 at 11:16 a.m.

    Whatever they write it will be what already was written on the wall.  They are reporting the firing, this is enough for me.  When I saw this hire, I am not a great soccer mind, but I could see this article coming.  No need for a deep dive.  They are up to their neck in aligators in Cinci and forgot their mission was to drain the swamp.  Someone there thinks they know more than others, as the model to succeed as a startup in MLS is there for anyone to see, but they clearly did not read the instruction manual.  Cheers!

  5. frank schoon replied, September 28, 2021 at 11:49 a.m.

    Humble , Good Point. Information about coaching change does help and sometimes as I have learned over the years there are nuggets that are helpful. For example, interviewing a player he could have perhaps mentioned some important things he has learned from Stam. I think coaches, of all levels would benefit from this. Realize this Stam has played at the highest and obviously he can give his a lot deeper insight considering his experience.

    We are basically a start up country in soccer and we definitely would benefit from gaining as much info as possible about the game either from the field or from the front  office. They have had 3 coaches and the last 2 have been good coaches with an excellent resume...Is it perhaps to look at the operation and management too.

    This is what I miss in American soccer journalism , it is not detailed enough...It is too much 'wam bam thank you mam". Too much of our soccer info in this country is superficial, there is not enough thought or introspection in our writing..... This is what I miss about the American game, the lack of thought and introspection..

  6. mark courtney, September 28, 2021 at 11:49 a.m.

    Maybe an article about Jeff Berding and his total lack of soccer knowledge and credentials???
    I say this because I live in Cincinnati and have, over the last decade, witnessed so many here involved with soccer on every level not realize they are not at all the "expert" they think. So it seems logical that when a local is in charge of a top level organization... there are going to be significant problems!

  7. frank schoon replied, September 28, 2021 at 11:51 a.m.

    Mark , I can't agree with you more....That is the first thing I thought too, 'what the hell, is he doing in soccer in the first place' , who hired this Bozo?

  8. Grant Goodwin, September 29, 2021 at 11:04 a.m.

    Maybe the guy over the entire operations, Jeff Berding, is the problem.  I don't too much about the situation, but John Harkes started that team as a USL side, and they won immediately and sold tons of tickets.  But then he got fired...which i still don't understand.  It seems like the common denominator here is Berding!

  9. humble 1, September 29, 2021 at 12:43 p.m.

    Interesting comments above.  When i read Berdings bio, I think, ah ha!, that is how they got that stadium built.  Well remember the old adage, build and they will come?  And the MLS implementation of that was build soccer specific stadiums and they will come.  Well look what happened in Columbus and is happening in Houston and Dallas, and even Salt Lake where attendance is low in their soccer specific stadiums, and you see they were maybe wrong.  Then the kicker is is Atlanta, not a soccer specific stadium, on artificial turf to boot, and they are one of the league leaders in attendance!  Seattle the other leader plays in an american football stadium also on turf!  So what does this tell us?!  That what you have to build is a bl**dy soccer team mate!!!  Your mission is first soccer then stadii!  As for arrogance, the franchise systems in the USA like MLS, NFL, NBA, MLB, etc, are quasi-monopolies, have little accountability, and losing can go unpunished for long periods of time, with scapegoats galore being sacrificed along the way.  Cinci is a classic.  I am not a pro/rel is the answer person - but they would have been relegated in a true club / league configuration and that would be that - but don't forget - you have the sninney new stadium!  Carry on! 

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