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Philadelphia Union CEO heavily implies they have their long-term manager in Curtin

Jim Curtin

Jim Curtin, left, Philadelphia Union Interim MLS soccer team manager, talks to members of the media during a news conference on Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Wirtz) PHIX OUT; NEWARK, N.J., OUT; TV OUT; MAGAZINES OUT


Hamstrung by a poor record when he took over, Philadelphia Union interim boss Jim Curtin did a pretty solid job turning his unit into a near-playoff team.

And though they missed out on the postseason, Curtin’s team hasn’t quit. The Union toppled reigning champs Sporting KC this weekend, and continue to look decent as Curtin angles for a full-time contract.

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The good news is that he has support from the higher-ups, as brings the news that Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz doesn’t plan on letting Curtin skip town:

“Jim Curtin’s under contract with us and I envision Jim being with us for a long time,” Sakiewicz told “Nothing official’s been made. Nothing official will be made until we finalize our discussions. But I expect Jim Curtin will be with us for a long time to come.”

It’s the right move for Philly, especially given the man management shown by Curtin with the moves of Maurice Edu to center back and a run to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final. As the reports have circled for a while regarding the removal of the interim tag, we’ll believe it when its official, but it would be a smart move by Sakiewicz and company.

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