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FC Cincinnati part ways with general manager Gerard Nijkamp

Gerard Nijkamp, FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp speaks during a press conference introducing Yuya Kubo as a new forward and designated player for FC Cincinnati on Monday, Jan. 13, 2019 at the FC Cincinnati training facility in Milford.

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Gerard Nijkamp, FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp speaks during a press conference introducing Yuya Kubo as a new forward and designated player for FC Cincinnati on Monday, Jan. 13, 2019 at the FC Cincinnati training facility in Milford. Fc Cincinnati Yuya Kubo 38

FC Cincinnati parted ways with general manager Gerard Nijkamp on Friday afternoon, effective immediately.

Cincinnati has compiled a 7-20-10 record since he was hired on May 30, 2019. He spent seven years at PEC Zwolle in the Eredivisie prior to joining the MLS club.

“I would like to thank Gerard for his commitment and dedication to FC Cincinnati. Gerard has been a key leader in the development in our project — opening of TQL Stadium, improving the roster, player development from the Academy to the first team, and building a broader soccer infrastructure that positions us for success in the future,” FC Cincinnati president Jeff Berding said.

“We sincerely appreciate Gerard’s efforts over the past two years and respect his decision to return to his family in Europe. We wish him and his family the best of luck moving forward. With a significant portion of the season remaining, our focus is on improving our play on the pitch and earning a playoff spot. Our search for Gerard’s successor will begin immediately and focus on identifying the leader that best aligns with our ambition to win a championship in Major League Soccer.”

FC Cincinnati (3-7-6, 15 points) are winless in their last seven matches overall (0-2-5) and all six contests at home (0-3-3) this season.

“I’m proud of the foundation we have here and all the hard work everyone has put into it,” Nijkamp said. “I will always be thankful to ownership and leadership for the chance to serve this club. While this has been an exciting opportunity, I have decided to pursue positions closer to my family. I wish the team the best moving forward.”

–Field Level Media