Raphael Wicky is out as the Chicago Fire coach.
ESPN television analyst Taylor Twellman first reported Wednesday night.
The news came hours after the Fire shut out New York City FC 2-0 to improve to 7-6-15 this season. The Fire are in 12th place in the 14-team Eastern Conference, and 12 points behind Orlando City for the final playoff spot.
Assistant coach Frank Klopas will take over as interim manager for the Fire’s final six games this season. He managed the team from 2011-13 and managed Montreal from 2013-15. Klopas, however, is not a candidate for the full-time job next season, a source tells Brian Sandalow of The Chicago Sun-Times.
Fire sporting director Georg Heitz hired Wicky nine days after he joined the Fire in December 2019. Heitz was familiar with Wicky as the two worked together at Swiss powerhouse club FC Basel, who sacked the coach in 2018.
Wicky guided the Fire to a 12-4-25 record.
Now, eyes will be on Heitz’s status and whether Fire owner Joe Mansueto will give Heitz another chance to pick a coach and who that could be.
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