Gabriel Heinze was relieved of his duties as head coach of Atlanta United FC.
The time of Argentine coach Gabriel Heinze with Atlanta United, within MLS soccer in the United States, is already part of history after he wanted to work with methods that he used in his country and collided head-on with the players.
Apart from the poor sporting results that the team had achieved since the new season began, the serious problem and trigger that forced the team to be fired were the complaints that the Players’ Unions expressed to the club about Heinze.
According to the local newspaper, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the players union filed a complaint against him for alleged violations of the collective bargaining agreement, something very serious in American professional sports.
Already in his time at Vélez Sarsfield, a club in Argentina, he had had some sparks with players. Something that he recognized in a post-match press conference: “I am a complicated guy … I show you two hundred thousand things … And sometimes I have to stop, think that they are young people who are getting used to it and think that a good rest is good work. ” Well it seems that the problems returned …
Among the violations expressed in the complaint are having limited the amount of water that the players could drink in training – to the point that the team doctors would have had to intervene -, the refusal to guarantee them days off and the obligation to always attend their phones and “be ready to go to the training center at any time.”
However, when Heinze’s departure was made official, Atlanta United did not refer to these situations, but merely indicated that it was for “issues related to team leadership.”
In addition to the fact that the fans had not seen well his decision not to have the figure of the team, the Venezuelan striker Josef Martínez, who had also expressed to the team his intention not to continue in Atlanta.
Heinze, in the 17 games he led Atlanta United, barely achieved four wins, drew eight and lost five, with 16 goals scored and 20 conceded, nothing to do with the performance he had in front of the Argentine teams he trained before arriving. to MLS soccer.