Washington Spirit head coach Richie Burke has been re-assigned to a front office role for health reasons, the team announced today.
“Yesterday Richie advised me of some health concerns and we mutually agreed that it was in the best interests of him and of the club for him to step down as our coach,” said Spirit President of Sporting Operations in a statement. “Once Richie’s health improves, he will join the sporting operations front office staff.”
Best says that a search for Burke’s replacement is under way, and in the meantime he “will support Kris Ward, Paul Crichton, and our staff to prepare for our match on Friday,” against Houston Dash.
Burke has been in charge of the Spirit since January 2019 after being appointed to oversee a rebuild of the club after a 2-17-5 season in 2018. Burke has led the Spirit to winning records in 2019 and through two abridged competitions in 2020. The Spirit are currently 5-3-5 with 18 points and sit in 7th place in an oft-shifting 2021 NWSL table.
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