Tony Meola's reign as head coach and technical director of Jacksonville Armada has been cut short. The former New York Red Bulls (and, mostly, MetroStars) 'keeper was relieved of his duties on Sunday, August 7 after a disappointing week for the Armada.
The NASL club followed last weekend's 1-0 loss to Fort Lauderdale Strikers with a 5-2 loss to Indy Eleven in midweek, and a 2-2 draw with Carolina Railhawks on Saturday, August 6. As noted in the official release announcing Meola's departure, Jacksonville's current six-game winless streak is a club record. Under Meola, the team had managed to win just two league games, drawing six and losing 10.
Meola's assistant, former MetroStar Jim Rooney, goes with him. The Armada has handed over head coaching duties to Mark Lowry. Nathan Walter will take over the job of technical director.
Current RBNY player Karl Ouimette is on loan to Jacksonville for the rest of the season. He has six appearances and five starts for the Armada since joining the club at the end of June. The Canadian international has started the last two matches for Jakconsville, as Meola experimented with a three-man back line in an effort to turn results around.
Ouimette will now need to impress a new regime at Jacksonville to keep winning the regular playing time he needs from the loan.