Gerard has been a key leader in the development in our project – opening of TQL Stadium, improving the roster, player development from the Academy to the first team, and building a broader soccer infrastructure that positions us for success in the future.
FC Cincinnati and Nijkamp (pictured) said it was a mutual decision, with the Dutchman set to return to his family in Europe, and the club has already begun the search for his successor.
Jeff Berding, President of FC Cincinnati, which joined MLS in 2019, said: "Our search for Gerard’s successor will begin immediately and focus on identifying the leader that best aligns with our ambition to win a championship in Major League Soccer."
Nijkamp has been FC Cincinnati General Manager since May 2019, joining from Eredivisie club PEC Zwolle, where he had been Technical Director since 2012. He helped bring former Dutch international Jaap Stam to the Ohio-based club as Head Coach, and over the last 12 months signed 14 players, not including draft picks or homegrown signings.
Berding added: "Gerard has been a key leader in the development in our project – opening of TQL Stadium, improving the roster, player development from the Academy to the first team, and building a broader soccer infrastructure that positions us for success in the future.
“We sincerely appreciate Gerard’s efforts over the past two years and respect his decision to return to his family in Europe. We wish him and his family the best of luck moving forward. With a significant portion of the season remaining, our focus is on improving our play on the pitch and earning a playoff spot."
FC Cincinnati join San Jose Earthquakes in the recruitment phase, with the latter seeking a new Chief Soccer Officer to replace Jesse Fioranelli. The Earthquakes have prioritised an executive with MLS experience.
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