Atlanta: Heinze fired because of his « military » methods


Sacked by Atlanta United on Sunday, coach Gabriel Heinze paid the price for his muscle training methods which hit his group and led to a complaint being filed with the players’ union.

Atlanta: Heinze vir

Gabriel Heinze’s passage in MLS came to an end …

It certainly wasn’t a decision we wanted to make at this point in our season, but it was the right one for the club. Atlanta United President Darren Eales on Sunday announced in a press release the dismissal of coach Gabriel Heinze just six months after his appointment.

The former defender of Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain paid the start of the season missed by the franchise of Major League Soccer, which has won only 2 of its 13 league games, but not only.

Rational water, doctors intervene

Indeed, it is a real divide which had gradually settled between the Argentinian and his locker room, which absolutely no longer supported his working methods, considered too harsh, as explained in the media Atlanta Journal Constitution and ESPN. Sign of the extent of the problem, a complaint had even been filed with the players’ union for alleged violations of the collective agreement.

Rput for his grinta as a player, Heinze is the same as a coach and he expects full involvement from his group. But the South American may have gone a little hard, with methods that have offended his workforce. The technician is notably criticized for having forced his players to exceed the number of training sessions planned during preparation and for having limited the quantities of water available for training, to such an extent that the club’s doctors would have been obliged to intervene.

A back cloakroom

The Argentinian would also have refused to guarantee a precise number of days of leave his workforce and he would have obliged his men to remain reachable permanently on their telephone, in the event of summons at the last minute at the training center. So many subjects of contention that led to the very negative spiral of Atlanta, especially since the technician had turned his back on the star of the team, the Colombian Josef Martinez, not considered to be a workaholic and who contributed turn the locker room up against him …

While his management style had not been a problem in the country during his stints on the bench of Argentinos Juniors then Vlez Sarsfield, Heinze may have to consider reviewing some of his methods to better export himself. But it is not necessarily the kind of house!

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