Following accusations, Paul Riley has been fired by the North Carolina Courage effectively immediately. Assistant coach Sean Nahas has been named interim head coach.
Released just over an hour ago, the North Carolina Football Club/North Carolina Courage players, staff and principal owner made the following statement in both a press release and via Twitter:
“In light of today’s reports, the North Carolina have terminated Head Coach Pail Riley, effective immediately following very serious allegations of misconduct. The Courage support the players who have come forward and we commend them for bravely sharing their stories. The North Carolina Football Club is united together in our commitment to creating a safe, positive, and respectful environment, not only within our club but across the league and our great sport. As previously stated, players and staff are encouraged to report any inappropriate behavior in accordance with NWSL policy as we prioritize efforts to maintain the highest professional standards of conduct throughout our organization.
Sean Nahas has been named interim head coach for the remainder of the season, effective today at training.” Nahas is also ECNL Academy Director on the North Carolina Football Club Youth.
To Mana and Sinead, your bravery and ability to come forward and use the power of your voice is extraordinary. What's most important is that these players feel protected, powerful and valued, not powerless. Protect the players. It has to happen now! 🙏🏻
— Sean Nahas (@NahasSean) September 30, 2021