The wait is finally over. Atlanta United have their new manager. The club announced today that it has agreed to terms with Gabriel Heinze for the Argentine to become the third-ever manager in Five Stripes history.
This puts to rest a six-month long search for Frank de Boer’s replacement. Heinze’s arrival in Atlanta is clearly an aim to return the team back to its original roots of being exciting and attacking. The former Velez Sarsfield manager is known for his Marcelo Bielsa-inspired style of high pressing and extreme width.
“This is a milestone moment in Atlanta United history, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Gabriel as our next head coach,” Club President Darren Eales said. “We cast the net widely for this important hire, and Gabriel quickly emerged as the No. 1 candidate. Gabriel is one of the top coaches in South American soccer and we are delighted that he chose Atlanta United. Whilst his resume speaks for itself, Gabriel’s playing philosophy and commitment to youth development closely align with our ideas at Atlanta United, and we are happy to welcome him as we move into our club’s next chapter.”
Despite only having around four years of managerial experience, Heinze has built a strong reputation throughout South America. His tenacity as a player has carried over to his management style, creating an incredible mix of passion, intelligence and savvy. He offers Atlanta United a link to their past successful style of play while adding a new and fresh approach that should excite everyone around the club.
“Since we launched Atlanta United, our objective has been clear to play an aggressive, attack-minded style of play,” Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “Gabriel fits that mold and has a dynamic playing style that aligns with the identity of our club, which is what we were specifically looking for in our next head coach. We’re excited to get him into Atlanta and to get to work on a promising 2021 season.”
Welcome to Atlanta, Gabriel Heinze!