If New York City FC fans were to browse social media, it would appear that most of them want Nick Cushing gone in 2024. The head coach has not impressed since he took over in the summer of 2022. Some would argue he was hindered by the roster. Others would proclaim there was enough talent to achieve a mid-table finish.
Nonetheless, NYCFC finished in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. They failed to make the playoffs for the first time since the inaugural season.
As such, Skyscraper Blues released a piece arguing why the head coach should not return. His record, how he mismanaged Talles Magno, and the sudden departure of Maxime Chanot were all reasons why he should be sacked.
However, NYCFC had other ideas. The club pretty much answered the question of whether they were keeping the head coach.
NYCFC released a letter that possibly confirms Nick Cushing is staying
On Thursday, NYCFC posted a letter to the supporters on X. The club discussed how the season "fell below our expectations" and how the team wants to compete every year. More importantly, the letter mentioned how there will be a review to ensure that the Pigeons have the appropriate resources for 2024. Cushing and Sporting Director David Lee were both mentioned. The post can be seen directly below.
The letter basically confirms that Cushing and Lee are not going anywhere. At least, it appears that way based on the wording about supporting the two men and the entire NYCFC Sporting department. Why else would they bring up two of the three names that supporters have called for their dismissal? Notably, one of the signees, Brad Sims, has also been mentioned by some supporters as someone they want gone too.
Additionally, the letter highlights that NYCFC is blaming the season's problems on the lack of a strong roster. It is not blatantly said, but undoubtedly, it is laid out in the written words.
Sure, there were issues with the roster. The team lacked depth in multiple positions, and some players who started during the season likely should not have made one Starting XI. However, there were plenty of players who would start on any other NYCFC squad. Keaton Parks, Santiago Rodríguez, and James Sands are a few examples.
At the same time, the club admitted a review of the season is needed. Perhaps the review will illuminate to the decision-makers that Cushing might not be the right option to lead the club.
No matter what, New York City FC's message to the fans is slightly alarming. Poor performances should never be awarded. Plus, when a fan base has completely turned on a head coach, then possibly it is a good idea to say thank you and goodbye.