The Fire have parted ways with Head of Scouting Trevor James, Goalkeepers Coach Aron Hyde, Strength and Conditioning Coach Adrian Lamb, Director of Team Operations Ron Stern, Equipment Manager Charles Raycroft, and Assistant Equipment Manager Alan Araujo.
I reported this morning that Technical Director Brian Bliss had also been dismissed but that isn't happening just yet. According to sources familiar with the moves made today, Bliss has agreed to stay on until the end of January following the MLS SuperDraft. Former Fire Confidential writer Sam Stejskal also reported this morning that Bliss would stay on to help with the new coach transition.
Dismissing Bliss at this point would seem to be counterproductive given the amount of work a new coach and general manager would have to do in order to be adequately prepared for the start of the MLS Draft season on December 7. Keeping him on as a lame duck Technical Director may be awkward but probably necessary.
Stern, the cousin of former Chicago Sting owner Lee Stern, was the last remaining original Fire employee dating back to the club's first season in 1998. Raycroft's tenure as the kit-man began in 2003.