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Jeff Paulus steps down as head coach of FC Edmonton

After a tumultuous two season in charge of FC Edmonton, Jeff Paulus has stepped down from his head coach position.

Jeff Paulus addresses his team during their game vs. Forge FC. (Photo: CPL / Chant Photography)

Paulus and the club made the announcement Monday, two weeks after the club was eliminated from the CPL Island Games tournament. He finished with a record of 8-9-18 as the head coach of the Eddies. 

This will bring an end to an eight-year run as the head coach of the club, dating back to their NASL days.

The decision is not a surprise as Paulus made comments after their loss to Valour in August stating, “If it takes someone else coming in with a new voice to get this club and this group of the players over the top, then I’m just open to that.”

Paulus will continue to be involved in the club during the transition period. He will be helping player analysis and evaluation, both for the first team and the under-20 program at the club. On top of this, the 50-year old will also be taking on a full-time role as Technical Director of Edmonton Scottish United Soccer Club in Edmonton. 

“I feel very much at peace today,” Paulus said in an interview with CanPL.ca. “(Monday) was obviously tough, I let the players know just before it came out publicly.

“There’s a couple players here that have been with me since 2010. Edem Mortotsi and Allan Zebie have been with me a long time, and to get phone calls from them and just talk about the very beginnings of it…Those were emotional, those were hard phone calls for me actually with those two.”

Sports journalism student at Centennial as well as host/producer of the weekly sports talk show Garage Door Sports. Prior to joining Centennial Nick attend Western University and completed an undergrad in Kinesiology. He played 14 years of youth soccer and current member of the Centennial College Varsity Soccer team.

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