Today, Philadelphia Union fired head coach John Hackworth and announced that assistant coach Jim Curtin will take over as interim team manager immediately. Hackworth posted a 23-30-20 all-time MLS record since replacing Peter Nowak as interim team manager on June 13, 2012, but in 2014 only achieved a 3-7-6 record.
Curtin, 34, formerly played for the Chicago Fire and Chivas USA before retiring in 2009. He was named an MLS All-Star and the Fire’s defender of the year in 2004 and helped the Fire to two U.S. Open Cup titles in 2003 and 2006, as well as the 2003 MLS Supporters Shield.
Curtin’s first game as manager will be Tuesday, June 17 when the Union host the Harrisburg City Islanders in the fifth round of the U.S. Open Cup at PPL Park.
"We are a very ambitious club and although we are just in our fifth season we expect to win and be in the top tier of MLS,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “Today we will begin a serious global search for a Team Manager who will help guide us to our goal of competing to win the MLS Cup.”
In November of 2012, Curtin became assistant coach for the Union after working with the Union Academy for three years. Curtin was also the Union’s Under-18 Academy head coach and led the squad to win the 2012 Generation Adidas Cup.