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By ESPN Staff

Sky Blue FC fires Sawyers as coach and general manager

Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer announced Thursday that Ian Sawyers has been relieved of his duties as coach and general manager. This follows the announcement last Saturday of Sawyers' indefinite suspension from both positions. For the time being, former assistant coach Kelly Lindsey will continue in her duties as interim head coach.

"The disagreements between the coach, team, and management made it impossible to move forward successfully," said Thomas Hofstetter, CEO and president of Sky Blue Soccer in a press release. "We need to maintain the goals, and the atmosphere that is most conducive for our team, and be able to focus on building the league. Consequently, we felt this move was necessary.

"I have incredibly strong belief in the Sky Blue FC team as players and as people, and the tremendous character and strength they have shown throughout this process demonstrates that they will be successful both on and off the field."

Sky Blue FC also announced the appointment of Gerry Marrone as the team's new general manager. Marrone was previously the vice president of sales and marketing for the Sky Blue Soccer organization.

Sawyers is married to Hall of Famer and former U.S. national team star Julie Foudy.

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