Atlanta United will announce a new head coach ‘soon’ after parting ways with Gabriel Heinze almost a month ago.
The Major League Soccer side is currently being led by interim boss Rob Valentino as the permanent resolution arrives.
“We hope to have some news for you soon,” technical director Carlos Bocanegra told media during a press conference Tuesday.
Bocanegra mentioned one specific candidate had not been confirmed, but their choices are slowly narrowing down.
Atlanta United was reportedly offering a contract to former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca before changing paths to pursue Seattle Sounders assistant Gonzalo Pineda, according to MLSsoccer.com.
“We’ve been talking to a few people, I’m not going to comment on anyone specific,” said Bocanegra.
Despite the hasty search, the club appears pleased with interim manager Valentino as he led Atlanta United to their first victory in 12 games last weekend against Columbus.
Several players have also expressed their support to the coach.
“There’s always change in football,” Bocanegra said. “New players, new managers. What we’ve really tried to do with our backroom staff, Rob included, was to not make too many big changes. Just tweaks. Rob is his own man, he’s unique in how he manages players.”
“We’ve already tried to make sure to minimize (the change), we’re aware that big changes can be difficult for players and staff. Rob has done a really good job of putting his spin on it, making some tweaks and bringing his personality to the group.”
Atlanta United currently sit 10th in the Eastern Conference with 18 points in 18 matches, just two victories short of reaching a potential playoff spot. With star forward Josef Martinez back, Valentino will look to build momentum to overcome their place in the league.