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Official: Miguel Ángel Ramírez will be Charlotte FC's first head coach

On Wednesday, the new Major League Soccer franchise appointed the Spanish manager ahead of the start of the 2022 regular season.

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Official: Miguel Ángel Ramírez will be Charlotte FC's first head coach

Miguel Ángel Ramírez has become the first manager in the history of Charlotte FC. The Spanish coach will make his debut with the new franchise during the 2022 Major League Soccer regular season, it was confirmed by the club on Wednesday.

“I’m excited to introduce Miguel as the first head coach of Charlotte FC,” said owner David Tepper. “After a thorough review of many candidates, it was obvious to us that Miguel was the right person to lead our team. He is a process-oriented coach with a unique style of play and a proven ability to develop young talent. Those attributes set him apart from others. He will bring a winning culture to Charlotte FC and I can’t wait for him to get started and for this club to take to the pitch in 2022.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Charlotte FC, its ownership group and senior management. Next year will be historic for the team and for all new and existing fans as we prepare toward a remarkable inaugural campaign,” Ramírez said. “I am committed to creating an entertaining, competitive club with talented young players and a unique style of play, as we build a stronger soccer culture from North to South Carolina.”

A young but experienced manager

The 36-year-old is pending receipt of his work visa and will begin his spell in August preparing the team for their debut next season. Ramírez is young, but he knows the feeling of winning trophies.

With his charisma, passion for the game and experience in the Middle East, Europe and South America, Miguel will work to create an innovative, entertaining approach to soccer in the Carolinas,” said sporting director Zoran Krneta. “In Miguel, we have found a very progressive and talented young coach, to take on the challenge of growing the team with a distinctive style of play, developing youth players and driving our vision forward.”

On 7 May 2019, Ramírez was appointed as the manager of Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle. He led the team to win the 2019 Copa Sudamericana, the first trophy in his managerial career and the first international title in the history of the club.

He managed Independiente del Valle for nearly two years and on 2 March 2020, he announced his departure to sign a two-year contract with Brazilian side Internacional. Unfortunately things didn’t work as everyone expected when they were knocked out of the Copa Brasil and on 11 June he was sacked.