Tyrone Marshall reflects on a temporary stint at FC Cincinnati


Tyrone Marshall says he has enjoyed the “learning experience” during his temporary stint as manager of FC Cincinnati.

The former Jamaica international took the reins after Jaap Stam’s departure in September and has watched eight matches so far.

Unfortunately, Marshall has been on the losing side in all eight games, scoring just 10 goals and conceding 24. Given that Cincy’s slump now extends to a win and 14 losses from their last 15 games, it’s hard to blame Marshall individually. The club was undoubtedly intended to close the bottom of the overall standings again long before he took over.

After his team’s 2-0 loss to Philadelphia Union on Sunday, Marshall expressed his gratitude to the club for giving him the chance to grow as a coach.

“It has been a challenging journey for myself, for the coaches who took the baton and stepped up for the club in terms of looking out for the season with the boys they have here,” he told reporters.

“For me, it has been a fantastic experience when it comes to where I want to be as head coach going forward, things I need to get better at. It has been a learning experience for me that I have appreciated.”

“We keep moving. Should I say I’m relieved, no, I’m a competitor, I want to keep going for as long as I can. But obviously the season ends next week and for me I’m grateful to the club for giving me “the opportunity and for the guys who help in the back room and for everyone else who has stepped up. Hopefully, in preparation for next week, we can get the result and finish in a good way.”

Cincys’ last game of the season is at home against Atlanta United. Depending on their result against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, the Five Stripes may still need another win to secure their place in the MLS Cup playoffs.

Defender Chris Duvall insisted that Cincinnati will not take it easy with Gonzalo Pineda’s men, but still wants to offer a good show for the loyal supporters who have shown in numbers throughout the season, regardless of results.

“It’s playing for pride, we have to have a chip on our shoulder and show people that we should not be in the basement of this league and that we have something to play for, because even if the score will not make a difference, we want to make a difference for the fans “, he said.

Veteran midfielder Geoff Cameron added: “You can see we have quality. We have players who can win matches. Their skills are there. But it must be in your heart. Some matches are ugly, some matches are pretty good football. But you “You have to make it tough, and you have to earn it. You have to pick up first and second balls, that’s one of those things.”

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