Charlotte FC are six months away from kicking off their first ever pre-season training camp and the team’s historic first coach did not shy away from showing his emotion and excitement at the project.
“When I learned about Charlotte’s project, I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” Ramirez said on Thursday. “The Queen City and Charlotte FC is where I want to start a new chapter in my life. It’s a beautiful challenge to help build a competitive, winning club and shape the style of play from the very beginning. You see, there’s something very special about Charlotte FC.”
The Spanish manager started his career in the youth ranks of UD Las Palmas prior to working in Greece for both Olympiacos and Panathinaikos at the same time. He spent a significant time in Europe learning the trade before heading to the Aspire Academy in Qatar to further his education for five years.
Ramirez met newly-appointed Charlotte FC assistant manager Mikel Antia at the academy in Qatar, someone he will be working with closely to achieve his goals with Charlotte.
The Spaniard has algo coached in Ecuador and Brazil before arriving in the United States.
Sporting director Zoran Krneta and club owner David Tepper took note of Ramirez’s experience before meeting him on Zoom and closing the deal.
“We had a long search process,” Tepper said. “When we talked to Miguel and got done with the Zoom call, I said I’m done. I’m done. We’re going to get this guy. This guy had a process, a clear thought of what he wanted, history of developing young talent, knows how he wants to play the game.”
With the same excitement, Tepper added: “I’m just trying to figure out how long we’re going to be able to keep him out of the Premier League because we think we have a winner here.”