Paul McDonough, chief operating officer (COO) and sporting director of Inter Miami CF has stepped down following an announcement on the club website.
Managing Owner, Jorge Mas said: “On behalf of Inter Miami’s ownership group, staff and fans I would like to thank Paul for his invaluable contribution to the expansion of Inter Miami CF over the past two and a half years. Under his leadership, Inter Miami has established a solid base to build upon, from the Club’s infrastructure to its elite facilities.
“As the Club’s first hire, Paul will always be a part of Inter Miami. I am grateful to him for the passion and dedication he brought to the organization.”
Founded in January 2018, McDonough joined the expansion team in August 2018 in a sporting director capacity and was one of many key assets of the club’s entry into the MLS. During his time, McDonough handled many different business responsibilities as well as piecing together the club’s roster.
In addition, he helped with the establishment of the youth academy, USL League One side and the state-of-the-art training facility and stadium.
“Working alongside the Mas brothers to build upon the legacy of soccer in South Florida will be one of the highlights of my career," said McDonough.
“I am proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to the next chapter.”
Inter Miami CF had a disappointing debut season in the MLS, having finished 10th in the Eastern Conference and lost 3-0 in the playoffs to Nashville SC.
The club invested heavily, purchasing the former Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuaín and teammate Blaise Matuidi. McDonough brought in 13 players, of which nine are no longer at the club.
Before Miami, McDonough worked for Orlando City SC and Atlanta United in the front of office. Over the coming weeks, McDonough will assist the club’s ownership group with the Front Office transition.
Author: James Parker