The first and only manager Orlando City SC ever had is going to be looking for work after the club decided to part ways with longtime manager Adrian Heath.
In an official press release, Orlando City founder & president Phil Rawlins stated that a change was necessary, and believed that the team's growth will not be significantly stunted by Heath's absence.
“It is always a very difficult decision to part ways with a head coach and not one that the board of directors has taken lightly. It is even more difficult when that coach has been instrumental in the growth of the club since its inception over eight years ago," Rawlins said in the release.
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"Adrian has served this club with passion and enthusiasm. While our successes together are undoubtable, we believe the renewed energy this change will bring will be uplifting for the team. We feel that the time has come for us to move on with our future in MLS. We continue to remain very excited about the growth of our club.”
According to MLSSoccer.com, Assistant Bobby Murphy and Orlando City B head coach Anthony Pulis will run the team while the search for a permanent manager begins.
Heath has served as manager of Orlando City since the club's USL debut in 2010. In four seasons as manager of the USL side, Heath recorded a 82-23-17 record for a 67.21% winning percentage. At the MLS level, Heath went 26-21-31 for a 33.33% winning percentage.
In 2015, Orlando City made its debut in MLS with Heath still on as its manager. The club went 12-14-8 in its first pro season, but endured a severe slump from July through August in which they claimed just six points in 10 games. They ultimately failed to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs after a trailing 6th-place Toronto FC by five points.
The 2016 season started slightly better with a four-game unbeaten run against Real Salt Lake, Chicago Fire, NYC FC and Portland Timbers. But the team would win just two games in the next 12 and lost in brutal fashion to FC Dallas on the Fourth of July.