Former Charlotte FC head coach Miguel Angel Ramirez addressed the fans on Sunday after his sudden departure from the expansion club, admitting he will “miss every minute of working with this team.”
The statement stands as his first public comment since parting ways on May 31.
“I will miss every minute of working with this team, always with your unconditional support. I feel that the strong connection that we have built together these months goes far beyond a contract,” Ramirez wrote in a social media post.
“I want you to know that the daily effort and sacrifice of this squad has been extraordinary, I am very proud to have been able to direct their work at the head of a coaching staff that has given everything to this project that I can no longer finish.”
Ramirez made history with Charlotte, standing as the expansion team’s first ever coach. He led his side to a 5W-8L-1D record in their inaugural season, sitting just one spot out of the MLS Cup playoffs spot at eighth in the Eastern Conference before his departure.
During his run, Ramirez experienced unprecedented support from the Charlotte fans, averaging an attendance of 31,479 fans after breaking the MLS single-game attendance record with 74,479 supporters at their inaugural home match vs. LA Galaxy.
“We will never forget the first game, that record on March 5, the first goal, the first win… and all the love you have given us from the first day until today,” Ramirez wrote.
Assistant coach Christian Lattanzio will take over as the interim manager for the remainder of the season as the club executes a search for a permanent option. Goalkeeper coach Andy Quy has also stayed with the club, as all other assistants leave with Ramirez.