NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, November 2, 2015, 8:09 PM
Jason Kreis was fired and kicked on his way out the door by his former employers.
In a statement atypical in its callousness, New York City Football Club – which is owned the Abu Dhabi royal family — declared the last season a disappointment and Kreis unfit to “improve the team for the next season and beyond.”
“Prior to the start of the season, it was agreed with the coaching team that the securing of the playoff place was an appropriate target for this year,” read the statement. “A win rate of less than one in three games a points tally which was the second lowest in the league is clearly not in line with the targets we agreed,”
The statement was misleadingly titled, “Jason Kreis Leaves Post,” even though the 42-year-old MLS lifer was canned by the overseas owners.
While sharing Yankee Stadium as unwanted tenants as an expansion team, NYCFC finished eighth in the Eastern Conference at 10-17-7 and out of the playoffs. Although the statement acknowledged the “challenges of building and integrating a new team are recognized,” it did not include the obstacles of ownerships making: After introducing Frank Lampard as the marquee in the summer of 2014, parent club Manchester City took him on loan to England until the middle of the MLS season. Ownership also brought in Andrea Pirlo as a mid-season signing following a long campaign in Europe, which disrupted the chemistry when NYCFC was at its highest point in July.
Lampard and Pirlo played just 10 and 13 games, respectively.
Assistants CJ Brown and Miles Joseph – both with close ties to Kreis – were also sacked. The status of sporting director Claudio Reyna is also in doubt.
City Football Group, the umbrella company that owns NYCFC, is expected to hire a European manager for next season, with Patrick Viera and Fabio Capello already being mentioned. Kreis came to NYCFC with a great reputation as an MLS coach, having forged a perennial winner in Real Salt Lake.