Pat Noonan will be next head coach

Absent from Pat Noonan's first public remarks as FC Cincinnati head coach were sweeping promises of immediate personnel overhauls, or winning on the level that he enjoyed as the top assistant coach at Philadelphia Union.

If all goes to plan, those things will come gradually, and Noonan said he does see immediate potential in some areas on the technical side of the club.

For now, what Noonan's vowed to bring to TQL Stadium in his first head coaching position is a methodical, realistic and measured tact that's grounded in experience and success in Major League Soccer.

"There will be no guarantees," Noonan told The Enquirer during a Monday interview at TQL Stadium. "Our goal is to start to get the right pieces in place to move this team forward in the product on the field, having an identity and getting the culture right to prepare us for future success. There’s no timeline on that. I know the fans, they’ll want to hear ‘this is gonna be an immediate success’ and that’s understandable. We’re going to believe that the product that we’re going to put out on the field and this group of players that we’ll continue to move forward with in 2022… are going to start a process of bringing this fan base and this club success."

With team President Jeff Berding and General Manager Chris Albright providing opening remarks, the 41-year-old on Tuesday was formally introduced as the fifth non-interim head coach in FC Cincinnati's history, and its fourth since joining MLS in 2019.

FC Cincinnnati head coach Pat Noonan speaks during a press conference announcing him as the new head coach of FC Cincinnati on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. Noonan is a former assistant coach of the Philadelphia Union, where he coached from 2018 to 2021.

Noonan's hire by Albright filled a vacancy that opened in late September when Jaap Stam and two assistants were fired by the club. It also met Albright's self-imposed standard of bringing someone well-versed in the ways of MLS to FCC.

Noonan's resume is loaded with MLS experience, both as a player and coach. From 2003 to 2012, he made 183 appearances as a player for five MLS clubs. He scored 42 goals and notched 33 assists. 

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