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FC Edmonton to name new GM by end of the week, says Fath


FC Edmonton owner Tom Fath says his NASL club should have a new general manager named by the end of the week.

Today, the team confirmed what had been rumoured for weeks, that current GM Tom Leip was going to be leaving the club. Today, the team confirmed that Leip would not be extended when his contract runs out in April.

“Because Mr. Leip’s contract ends just as the 2013 season begins, I felt it was better to make the change now so as to distract the team as little as possible,” Fath said in a release issued by the Eddies. “Mr. Leip has been a true professional since he joined us in 2011 and I want to thank him personally for the work that he’s put in. I and the club wish him success in his future endeavours.”

Tom Leip

Leip came to FCE in May of 2011, after he was a senior sales director at PGE Park, home of the Timbers and the then-Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League.

FCE had been searching for a new GM for the last few weeks, so this was not the case of a snap decision.

The new general manager will be looking after the business side of the club and continuing to work with the city on developing a soccer-specific stadium for the Alberta capital. As well, the general manager will be looking at the expansion of Clarke Stadium from its current capacity of 1,200 — something that was promised at the beginning of 2012, but never materialized through the season because of permitting issues.

“Our next general manager will be given the crucial task of working towards a permanent facility that the community can enjoy and FC Edmonton can call home, while at the same time working with our technical staff to ensure success on the field,” said Fath.


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