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Atlanta Silverbacks & Brian Haynes

Atlanta Silverbacks decide not to exercise contract extension on Head Coach Brian Haynes

Atlanta, Ga. – The Atlanta Silverbacks have decided not to exercise the contract extension on head coach Brian Haynes for the 2014 season, the club announced Monday.

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“The decision not to exercise Brian’s contract extension was an incredibly difficult one,” said Silverbacks President and General Manager Andy Smith. “Brian deserves a tremendous amount of credit for leading the club to a NASL Spring Season Championship, but the organization felt that the team did not meet its expectations towards the end of the season.”

On the field, it was a tale of two seasons for the Silverbacks under Haynes. The club clinched a dramatic championship on the final night of the NASL Spring Season, finishing one point clear of the Carolina RailHawks and San Antonio Scorpions. The spring season title earned the team a place in NASL Soccer Bowl 2013, a game they would eventually drop to the New York Cosmos at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

The NASL Fall Season was an entirely different story for the Silverbacks. The team accumulated just 16 points over 14 games, posting a -8 goal differential, losing five of its last six games, and finishing in seventh place out of eight teams in the fall season standings.

“We ended the 2013 season on a downward trend and failed to generate any momentum going into the Soccer Bowl,” said Silverbacks Chairman Boris Jerkunica. “The organization didn’t feel good about the direction we were going in 2014, and had to make the tough decision of declining Brian’s contract option.”

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Haynes posted an overall record of 10-7-9 (W-T-L) in his first full season in charge of the Silverbacks. He assumed the position in late 2012, taking over for then interim head coach Eric Wynalda, who is now the club’s technical director.

“On behalf of the entire Silverbacks organization, we wish Brian the best of luck moving forward,” Jerkunica said.

Wynalda will continue to oversee the club’s soccer operations as it prepares for the 2014 NASL season.

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