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What’s going on with Chicago Fire assistant David Zdrilic?

The respected Aussie coach is no longer working with the Fire’s first team

David Zdrilic
Chicago Fire FC

Something’s up with David Zdrilic, the Aussie-born Chicago Fire assistant coach.

The Athletic’s Sam Stejskal reported Monday that Zdrilic is “no longer working with the Chicago Fire first team.” A source tells Hot Time Zdrilic’s “future - either with or without the Club - is still TBD.”

So what happened? Hot Time contributor Alex Calabrese tweeted on Monday that Zdrilic has been linked with the assistant manager job at Sheffield United, which could be the reason for his departure.

UPDATE: We have an answer from Raphael Wicky.

He’s considered to be a smart coach who is liked and respected by the players, so it would be a loss for the Fire if he departs. Hopefully there’s more clarification on the situation soon.

Zdrilic is from Sydney, Australia. He previously worked as an assistant for Red Bull Leipzig’s youth teams, and before that, he worked in a number of different roles at Sydney FC, including head coach of the U-20 team. He joined the Fire in January 2020 as an assistant under head coach Raphael Wicky.