For the second consecutive Monday, there’s a Major League Soccer coaching change.
Assistant coach Steve Ralston will be the interim coach for the final six matches of the 2018 regular season.
“I would like to thank Mikael and Alex for their hard work and professionalism this season,” Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli said in a statement. “Mikael has qualities, both as a person and a coach, that will be missed by players, staff and the front office alike.
“We felt we needed a change and decided that the six remaining games represent an opportunity for all of us to begin heading in a new direction and to evaluate our options actively with a single goal in mind: to strengthen our First Team for the upcoming season and beyond.”
The Swedish-born Stahre, who was hired as the Quakes’ 12th head coach coach on Nov. 24, 2017, was tasked with turning the team around after Chris Leitch led them to a playoff berth a year ago, but the club is having a historically bad season. The first to be eliminated from MLS Cup playoff contention, San Jose is 4-16-8 following a 5-1 home loss Saturday to Sporting Kansas City.
Alex Covelo will serve as an assistant under Ralston, while goalkeeping coach Jyri Nieminen will be retained.
Ralston will make his head coaching debut Wednesday when the Quakes host Atlanta United at Avaya Stadium.