NWSL News: Mark Parsons, Portland Thorns head coach to leave team at end of 2021 season

Mark Parsons coaching the 2017 Portland Thorns FC. Photo by BDZ Sports, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Veteran manager will manage Netherlands Women’s National Team

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons has accepted the position as the head coach of the Netherlands Women’s National Team. He will remain with the club until the conclusion of the 2021 NWSL season.

Thorns FC general manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson

“This is not what we were expecting to be managing at this stage of the season however collectively we are in agreement with Mark’s decision as it is best for him and his family. We remain 100% committed to the 2021 season with Mark at the helm and appreciate the way in which this has been managed from the KNVB and Mark. The process for hiring a new head coach will start in the coming months and we plan to appoint the next head coach at the conclusion of the season.”

Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons
“The Thorns are the pinnacle of club football and over the last six years I have had the distinct privilege of calling Portland my home. I am incredibly thankful for the support and understanding of Merritt and Gavin throughout this process. They truly treat this team as family and their leadership continues to set the standard. I am more focused and committed than ever to helping our players and staff reach our goals and bring joy to our fans this season.”

COURTESY NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE

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