Atlanta United appoint Stephen Glass as interim boss after De Boer sacking

Atlanta United has appointed Stephen Glass to replace Frank De Boer as interim manager, the club announced on Monday.

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Atlanta sacked De Boer on Friday following a disappointing finish to its MLS is Back Tournament and has called up Atlanta United 2 head coach Glass to take his place effective immediately.

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“Stephen not only has professional experience as a player at the highest levels of the sport, he is a proven leader and is well respected as a coach by his players and staff,” club president Darren Eales said in a statement on Monday. “We have great confidence that Stephen will re-energize the team and move the club in the right direction during this transition period.”

A native of Scotland, Glass — who played professionally at Aberdeen and Newcastle among others — joined Atlanta in 2018 as a coach with the under-17 team. He was promoted to manager of ATL UTD 2 in January of 2019.

“I am honored to take over as interim head coach for the Atlanta United first team,” Glass said in a statement. “I am committed to continuing the hard work the team has done to establish itself as a top club in MLS, and to meeting the high standard expected of us both on and off the field. I look forward to quickly establishing a structure and rapport with the players as we prepare to return to play in our home market.”

De Boer was the franchise’s second coach, replacing Gerardo “Tata” Martino after the Argentine won the 2018 MLS Cup and subsquently took the Mexico national team gig.

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Under De Boer, the team overcame an initial rocky start to win the 2019 U.S. Open Cup and the 2019 Campeones Cup.

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