Stephen Glass, who led Atlanta United on an interim foundation throughout many of the 2020 MLS season, has been named manager of Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen FC, it was introduced Tuesday.
Glass was initially handed the interim position after the membership mutually agreed to half methods with Frank de Boer in July 2020, last main them to a 1-0 win over Club America within the Concacaf Champions League.
Earlier than getting the Aberdeen gig, the 44-year-old returned to his post as head coach of USL Championship side Atlanta United 2. He was initially promoted from inside Atlanta’s group, changing into an academy coach in August 2018 earlier than getting the lead ATL UTD 2 position in January 2019.
“We are able to’t thank Stephen sufficient for his contributions to the membership,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said in a launch. “For the past three seasons, he has played a crucial position within the improvement of players throughout all ranges of the membership, from academy to first team. Stephen will undoubtedly be missed, however we’re excited for his alternative to steer the membership the place he made his skilled debut.”
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) March 23, 2021
Glass played for Aberdeen from 1994-98, making greater than 110 appearances and scoring eight goals throughout 5 seasons as a midfielder. Aberdeen are presently fourth in Scotland’s top flight and had been last led by Derek McInnes, who left the membership in March.
Atlanta United and Aberdeen have a strategic partnership, one which resulted in Venezuelan proper back Ronald Hernandez becoming a member of the 5 Stripes on loan earlier this offseason.
“It’s a actual honor to be named Aberdeen FC manager,” Glass said in a launch. “Since my retirement from taking part in, I’ve been focussed on changing into the best coach I will be with the goal of being able to safe a chance similar to this.
“Having labored with numerous esteemed managers and coaches within the recreation, my football schooling has been intensive and my time with Atlanta United 2 has afforded me the chance to develop some thrilling young players and hone my teaching skills.”
Atlanta are actually led by Argentine manager Gabriel Heinze, who was employed in December 2020 as Atlanta chase a return to their winning methods. Heinze was beforehand in command of Argentine Primera Division side Velez Sarsfield.