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Peter Nowak out as Philadelphia Union manager

IT WASN’T the exit anyone envisioned Peter Nowak having when he signed on to manage the Union 3 years ago.

The announcement that Nowak was to become the club’s first coach was met with excitement and optimism from supporters — as if should have been. Nowak’s resumé spoke for itself: legend as a captain of Poland, who came to MLS after an illustrious career in Europe, leading Chicago as a player to an MLS Cup crown in 1999 and D.C. United to an MLS title as a coach in 2004.

But it was more recent circumstances that preceded his downfall as CEO and managing partner Nick Sakiewicz took the podium Wednesday to announce that Nowak would be “stepping down from his responsibilities as team manager,” and that assistant John Hackworth is now the new interim boss.

A report in the Scottish press that surfaced late Saturday night said Nowak applied for the vacant managerial position with Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian. With the Union faltering at 2-7-2 overall and on break from MLS play, the job search appeared to be the final straw.

Even if Sakiewicz failed to publicly acknowledge it.