Columbus Parts Ways With Robert Warzycha

Columbus Parts Ways With Robert Warzycha

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 2, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, Coaching Firing, Features, Robert Warzycha
Tough days for Robert Warzycha and the Columbus Crew. (Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports)

Tough days for Robert Warzycha and the Columbus Crew. (Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports)

Another coach bites the dust.

The Columbus Crew announced today that it has parted ways with Head Coach Robert Warzycha. In his fifth year in charge, Warzycha led the Crew to a 8-13-5 record (29 points), with the Black & Gold currently sitting in eighth place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, eight points outside the fifth and final MLS Cup Playoffs position.

Technical Director Brian Bliss becomes the Crew’s Interim Head Coach following six years in his previous role. Bliss will retain his Technical Director duties during this transition.

I always assumed that since the day that the Crew were sold to Anthony Precourt and his folks that Warzcyha’s days were clearly numbered.

“This is a difficult decision that has not been taken lightly,” said Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers. “Robert has been a loyal and dedicated member of this organization for 18 years. He will always be part of the Crew family, and he deserves our respect and acknowledgement for the sacrifices he has made, his numerous accomplishments and all that he has contributed to this club, both as a player and a coach.”

Columbus has eight games left on the season and sit pretty far back of a playoff spot. Some may wonder why today they would make this move but it was pretty clear that these last few weeks, the Crew’s playoff chances were running on fumes with Warzycha in charge.

I always assumed a move would have been made directly following the regular season but to see it happen right before the final stretch of games is pretty interesting to see.

This fall and winter are going to be very, very interesting in Crewville. You can expect more changes like this one. Drastic ones with the new owners in play.