Philadelphia Union Make John Hackworth Permanent Head Coach

CHESTER, PA - JULY 08: Coach John Hackworth of the Philadelphia Union yells during the match against the Toronto FC at PPL Park on July 8, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Union remove interim tag from John Hackworth's title after he goes 5-6-2 following Peter Nowak's firing.

John Hackworth has had the interim tag removed from his title, meaning he'll be the head coach of the Philadelphia Union for the foreseeable future. Hackworth took over for previous head coach Peter Nowak, who was fired on June 13. The Union have gone 5-6-2 under Hackworth after starting the season with a 2-7-2 record.

In explaining the decision, Philadelphia Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz seemed to indicate the move was about more than performance on team website:

"It has been a very tough year on the pitch and clearly, we have a long way to go. But most importantly, the principal reason for making this move right now is because John has a plan to move our team forward and toward the upper reaches of Major League Soccer. That stability is important to our whole organization as we look to finish this season strongly and build again for the next."

For more on the hire, be sure to check out Brotherly Game.

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