TORONTO, Ontario. Jan 9 (T90) – In a shocking turn of events, the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) have announced that John Herdman has replaced Octavio Zambrano as coach of the national men’s team, effective immediately.
According to the CSA, Zambrano departed on Monday evening after being hired last year, and that Herdman, who has served as the coach of the Canadian women’s team since 2011, will take control of the men’s side and be named the new national team program director.
Kenneth Heiner-Møller will take over as Canadian women’s national team program director and head coach. Heiner-Møller has been an assistant coach under Herdman since 2015.
As of right now, its unclear to what propelled the sudden changes to take place.
“It was an organizational decision. He has departed from Canada Soccer. We wish him the best of luck.” said CSA President Steve Reed on the subject, and that choosing Herdman to take over was a long term decision made by the organization.
Reed declined to give any details on Herdman’s contract with the men’s team, only saying that it was a multi-year deal.
Unofficially, it has been speculated that Zambrano suffered administration issues and that the CSA was unhappy with Team Canada’s performances at the Gold Cup. Additionally, there was also talk of Herdman leaving Canada to join a European suitor, which only put more pressure on the CSA to make a decision.
The end move afforded the CSA the chance to dismiss a hire they were unhappy with while retaining a manager it believes will succeed where Zambrano failed.
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