Philadelphia Union recently appointed Jim Curtin as the new interim manager. As a boy, he once dreamt of the opportunity to represent Philadelphia Union as a player. He never got that opportunity. Born and brought up in Philadelphia, Curtin will be managing the team until a permanent solution is found. The club recently parted company with manager Jack Hackworth after a run of poor results that left the team struggling to get into the play-offs. They have also allowed towards the exit of technical director Rob Vartughian.
Following these changes, Curtin was made as the assistant manager and just two days later, he has been appointed as the interim manager. The 34-year-old has stated that it has been a busy few days with all the news going on. He’ll be one of the youngest managers in the MLS, but Curtin has revealed that this will not be detrimental factor. Some of the players in the Philadelphia Union squad of the same age, if not older than Curtin. The club recently stated that they have received a lot of interest from coaches across the world. They are expected to conduct a global search for the new manager.
Curtin, however, has not given up the hope of becoming a permanent manager. He says that he hopes that he will be given a fair opportunity. “I never thought it would happen this fast. It’s quick. But if you look around the league, it’s kind of the trend where younger guys are getting a chance in this league. They don’t care how old you are. I want their respect first. That’s the most important thing for me, and I think I have that with all of them. I have things to learn, but I do think I know what it takes to win in this league, that’s for sure,” said the interim manager.