Expansion Charlotte FC fires head coach Miguel Ángel Ramírez after 14 games; Christian Lattanzio takes over on interim basis

Miguel Ángel Ramírez was informed by Sporting Director Zoran Krneta and President Joe LaBue that he will not continue as the head coach of Charlotte FC. Assistant Coach Christian Lattanzio will serve as Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the 2022 season.

“This is a difficult decision, but one we feel is best for the team at this time,” said Owner David Tepper. “I want to thank Miguel and his staff for their hard work during our first season and wish them the best in their future endeavors.” 

Goalkeeper Coach Andy Quy will remain on staff.

Assistant Coach Mikel Antía, Head Fitness Coach Cristobal Fuentes Nieto, and First Team Video Analyst Luis Piedrahita will depart the Club with Ramirez.

“We appreciate the contributions of Miguel and his staff to our Club, and wish them well moving forward in their careers,” said Charlotte FC Sporting Director Zoran Krneta. “We are excited about this opportunity for Christian. He is a very experienced coach who has made a tremendous impact on our squad this season.” 

Lattanzio joined the Club last summer as an assistant coach. He was previously an assistant coach at OGC Nice, New York City FC and Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad under now Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira. 

Ramírez, who was announced as the Club’s first head coach on July 7, 2021, went 5-8-1 in 14 league games this season while also advancing to the Round of 16 in the U.S. Open Cup.

The Club’s next game will be at home against the New York Red Bulls on June 11 at 3:00 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN Deportes).


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