Orlando City SC fire head coach Adrian Heath

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Orlando City SC fired longtime head coach Adrian Heath on Wednesday night.

Heath had been with the club since its inception in 2008 as Austin Aztex FC in the USL.

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The 55-year-old Englishman relocated with the club to Orlando, leading the Lions as they entered into Major League Soccer in 2015.

In a statement released by the club, OCSC president Phil Rawlins thanked Heath for his dedication to the club over the past decade.

It is always a very difficult decision to part ways with a head coach and not one that the Board of Directors has taken lightly. It is even more difficult when that coach has been instrumental in the growth of the Club since its inception over eight years ago. Adrian has served this Club with passion and enthusiasm.

While our successes together are undoubtable, we believe the renewed energy this change will bring will be uplifting for the team. We feel that the time has come for us to move on with our future in MLS. We continue to remain very excited about the growth of our Club.

Orlando City currently have a record of 4-4-8 with 20 points, sitting just outside the playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Heath’s assistant Mark Watson was also relieved of his duties. As the club searches for a new coach, they will be led by assistants Bobby Murphy and Anthony Pulis. Pulis’ father, Tony, currently serves as the manager of Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.