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FC Edmonton announces release of assistant coach Dave Randall

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FC Edmonton announced Tuesday night that assistant coach Dave Randall has been released by the club.

Randall was not only an assistant to coach Harry Sinkgraven through the 2011 season; Randall also ran the reserve team.

What’s interesting is that the news was made public Tuesday night, but the release indicated that the move was made by owner Tom Fath on Monday.

“It was not an easy decision letting Dave go but we feel that the club is moving in a different direction when it comes to coaching,” Fath said in the release issued by the club. “Dave has been a positive influence on our entire club and players specifically, I expect him to turn back up in the soccer world before too long. We wish Dave the best in all his future endeavours.”

Dave Randall

What is clear in the release was that the move came from Fath — not Director of Soccer Operations Joe Petrone or Sinkgraven. The owner is quoted in the release and is directly cited as being the one who released Randall.

The timing is unusual, as well — to announce it well into Tuesday evening, when the move was made more than a day before.

Randall had been a staple on the team’s home-game broadcasts, as well. He regularly did the halftime interviews with myself and play-by-play man Gareth Hampshire for our fcedmonton.com webcasts and TEAM 1260 radio broadcasts.

Randall was at last week’s off-season training sessions at held at Victoria Soccer Club’s facilities in north Edmonton, and there wasn’t a hint at that time of a rift or an impending move.

 

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