Real Salt Lake Pres. Bill Manning parts ways with team

Posted at 2:06 PM, Aug 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-18 16:12:02-04

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake President Bill Manning is no longer with the team, according to RSL Tuesday.

According to RSL, owner Dell Loy Hansen is restructuring the front office and will work with senior executives to evolve the 2016 plan.

The team is parting with Manning after his contract expired.

“Bill has obviously done an outstanding job building this club from its infancy and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” Hansen said, who joined the RSL ownership group in Fall of 2009 and became sole owner in January 2013.

Hansen said he and his team are working to identify areas of growth and need for 2016 and beyond, as well as addressing both short-term and long-term planning processes for Real Salt Lake, Real Monarchs, the clubs’ Rio Tinto Stadium home, the RSL-AZ Academy, youth structure and ancillary businesses that support the RSL landscape.

“As we move into the second decade of our existence, our growing organization requires a different structure,” Hansen said. “As a result, several senior executives within our company will assume greater roles across various departments, with a focus on integration and expanding our ability to capture championships, on and off the field.”

Real Salt Lake, which leads its 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League group but was knocked out of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a Semifinal loss last week in Kansas City, returns to action Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium against the Seattle Sounders FC in a critical Western Conference match, kicking off at 8 p.m. MT.