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FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans resigns following racial slur investigation

The Dutch manager departs after just five months on the job, following allegations that he used a racial slur.

CINCINNATI — The Ron Jans era in Cincinnati is over.

Following an investigation into his alleged use of a racial slur, Jans resigned from his post as the head coach of FC Cincinnati on Monday evening. Jans had been overseeing FCC’s preparations for the club’s second season in Major League Soccer through Feb. 13, but he stepped away when the club learned of the accusation from the MLS Players Association

“As Major League Soccer’s investigation unfolded and some themes emerged, Ron offered his resignation and we agreed that it was the best course of action for everyone involved with FC Cincinnati,” club president Jeff Berding said in team statement.

Berding went on to add: “We place the utmost importance on a strong culture within our club, beginning in our locker room, and that every person connected with FC Cincinnati feels valued, respected and trusted. Racial and cultural diversity is a major part of what makes the game of soccer so special, and we place the highest priority on respecting every person involved in our game. This includes absolutely everyone associated with our club, from our locker room and front office, all the way through to our fans.”

Berding will address the media later Tuesday afternoon.

Jans, 61, joined the second-year Major League Soccer outfit in August after the club parted ways with former manager Alan Koch. Jans’ tenure ends after just nine regular-season matches and a 1-5-4 record.

A native of the Netherlands, Jans was the manager of top-tier Dutch side PEC Zwolle for four seasons before joining FC Cincinnati.

“I really want to thank everyone at FC Cincinnati,” Jans said in a statement released by the club. “I had a really great time in Cincinnati and with the club, with the staff, players, owners, and fans. Especially the fans. I’m really sorry our story ends like this. But even if I were to return, there would be too much damage done to be able to move forward successfully. I want to wish the club good luck in the continued building of FC Cincinnati to the next stage.”

Assistant coach Yoann Damet will again take up the club’s interim head coaching reigns. Damet, 29, posted a 4-0-10 record while wearing the interim tag prior to Jans’ arrival in 2019.

Meanwhile, Dutch general manager Gerard Nijkamp — who had previously worked with Jans while with Holland’s PEC Zwolle — has already begun an international search for the club’s next head coach. Whoever that coach might be, he will be Orange and Blue’s third manager in less than a year.

FC Cincinnati opens the regular season on the road against the New York Red Bulls on March 1.

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