Guppy Out As Fire GM

Guppy Out As Fire GM

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 11, 2008

Just a quick note that I thought I needed to pass along here. News out of the Windy City say that the Chicago Fire have parted ways with their General Manager/President John Guppy today. The club also announced that Andell Sports Group Managing Director Javier Leon take over on an interim basis.

“John’s professionalism and dedication has been valued and appreciated by the Fire organization for the past four years, but I believe it is in the team’s best interests to go in a new direction with its senior leadership and management,” Fire Owner Andrew Hauptman said.

A very interesting time to part ways with a GM here I think. I thought Guppy was a pretty decent GM but he did come in after a more fan favorite in 2005 when he took over from Peter Wilt.

A lot of details are still being worked out here but this is a very interesting thing. We will probably see Guppy somewhere else in the league but if I recall last season there was plenty of people calling for his head early on when the club struggled. The club isn’t struggling now so this move is very weird.

The man taking over for Guppy does have MLS experience under his belt, though maybe not very good experience. Leon spent three years as the Chief Executive Officer for Chivas USA Enterprises in Los Angeles. Before that, Leon spent 12 years in investment banking.

Once I get more details I will pass it along to you all…