Gabriel Heinze is said to have restricted water intake during training
It wasn’t just team performance that led to the sacking of Atlanta United FC coach Gabriel Heinze after just 13 games. According to Fox Sports’ Doug McIntyre, Heinze allegedly didn’t allow players guaranteed days off and limited how much water players could use during practice.
Heinze’s dismissal may have come as a surprise to outsiders, but the team’s employees painted a disturbing picture. According to reports, Heinze would not speak to the players directly but instead would use intermediaries to send messages. He and his staff isolated themselves from the rest of the organization, which led to bad morale.
In addition, Heinze reportedly did not share the team’s schedule with staff, expected players to be available at the stadium at any time of the day, refused to give players mandatory days off and limited how much water players could use during practice could drink. The team doctors were so concerned about the water intake that they reportedly intervened.
A source said of Heinze’s tenure, “It’s been hell every day for six months,” said McIntyre.
The MLS Players Association has allegedly filed a complaint against the organization for numerous breaches of the collective agreement.
Gabriel Heinze has survived 13 games with Atlanta United FC
The performance of the team under Heinze was also a disaster. Atlanta United is just 2-7-4 this season. The team is in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and has not won a competition since May 15.
Assistant coach Rob Valentino will be the interim head coach of the team after Heinze is gone. Atlanta United will have their first game under Valentino on Wednesday.
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