The Philadelphia Fury and former General Manager Graham King Charters mutually parted ways during the team's offseason, as GM of the Fury and fellow American Soccer League team AC Crusaders team owner Matt Driver confirmed at this years NSCAA convention. He also confirmed the promotion of former AC Crusaders assistant coach Victor Malagisi to the position.
Driver said when interviewed that Charters requested a more on field presence as a coach instead of being in the front office. "Graham saw his skill set was more on the field, then off it," Driver said. "As a coach I didn't feel he was as qualified has the ones I already had."
Driver also added that he gave Charters the chance to coach for another team in the ASL, however Charters felt is career was best suited in returning to England.
Taking his place is Malagisi, who receives a promotion to the front office. Malagisi, who was also interviewed at the NSCAA Convention, sees the move more as an opportunity than a promotion. "I'm happy to be part of this American Soccer movement," he said. Malagisi added that his background in business and soccer makes him qualified for the position.
When asked what he hopes to bring to the team's he answered with professionalism and quality. "For both teams the quality of play has to be better. We have to evaluate what we have and build from that."
And as both teams head into the ASL Spring Season, he has high expectations. "(My expectations) are enormous for both teams," he added. "My expectations are to improve the quality of play and professionalism on and off the field.