In a busy few days for Orlando City SC, all Lions supporters were shocked and saddened to hear about the dismissal of assistant coach and club legend Ian Fuller on Wednesday.
Leaving the Citrus Bowl with immediate effect as reported by Paul Tenorio at the Orlando Sentinel, 36-year-old Fuller was one of the most important figures in City’s rise from USL to Major League Soccer having represented the club as a player between 2011 and 2013.
The fact Fuller was so engrained in Lions culture yet has still been relieved of his duties understandably doesn’t sit well with fans at the moment and this news has come hot on the heels of general manager Paul McDonough leaving Central Florida for a role at soon-to-be MLS side Atlanta United.
It’s no wonder that several Lions supporters are cautious about what the Armando Carneiro era will bring although the club did move to land Kevin Alston to boost their defensive ranks yesterday.
One thing’s for sure however; Fuller leaves the Citrus Bowl a true Lions legend and there was no doubting his sadness at the departure.
Fuller himself claimed: “I’m absolutely devastated to be leaving the club.
“I think from what Adrian and I have built with the team from day one, five years ago, and to compete very well as an expansion team, I was very pleased with it and I will take nothing but pride out of what we accomplished here.”
Here’s what Lions supporters are making of Fuller’s sudden dismissal on Twitter…
Very, very little faith left in @OrlandoCitySC front office after doing away with Ian Fuller
— Tanner Jones (@tannerjonesfl) December 17, 2015
Saddened to see Ian leaving!Orlando City parts ways with assistant coach Ian Fuller https://t.co/lfssP4wzud
— Tom Traxler (@ttrax15) December 16, 2015
Besides; Adrian Heath doesn't seem like the guy to throw Ian Fuller under the bus to make way for Lewis Neal..
— Chris (@OrlandoCountySC) December 16, 2015