SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that they have parted ways with general manager John Doyle effective immediately. Technical director Chris Leitch has been named interim general manager, while head coach Dominic Kinnear and the coaching staff will continue in their roles.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to John for his nine years of service with the team as general manager,” Earthquakes President Dave Kaval said. “He was an outstanding leader who helped relaunch the Earthquakes in 2007. We will be forever grateful for his contributions to the San Jose Earthquakes. We wish John the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Kaval continued, "At this time, we feel that the organization needs a fresh approach to our soccer operations. We believe that we have the players and coaching staff that can make a run at the playoffs and we are fully behind their efforts.”
Doyle was named the general manager of the Earthquakes on Oct. 3, 2007. He was part of the core team that reestablished the Quakes after the team’s return from a two-year hiatus. Under Doyle’s leadership, the team made the playoffs two times and captured the Supporters’ Shield with the best regular season record in MLS in 2012.
Doyle has also been a player, assistant coach and television color analyst for the Earthquakes. In 2005, he was the inaugural member of the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame.
“I want to thank the Earthquakes ownership group and Dave Kaval for their support during my time at the Quakes,” said Doyle. “I also want to thank the players, the coaches and front office staff for all their hard work every day to make this organization better. I also want to recognize the great fans in San Jose and around the Bay Area that have always been loyal to this club. I wish the team and the organization the best of luck the rest of this year and into the future. I want to see this club succeed more than anyone.”