NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville SC has extended Chief Executive Officer Ian Ayre's contract until 2026. Ayre has held this position since 2018. The ownership group, chaired by John Ingram, made the announcement official.
This new contract will keep Ayre as the club's CEO until the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in North America, and Nashville is presently bidding to be the host city. According to Ingram, it is critical to retain the leadership that has been in charge of the club since its growth in 2020. "Our confidence in him continuing to do so at a high level is evidenced by this extension." Ingram added.
Nashville SC appeared in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in its inaugural season and advanced through the Eastern Conference Semifinal, becoming the first team to do so since the 1998 Chicago Fire. The former CEO of Liverpool Football Club expressed his gratitude to be a part of the team's journey. "It's been a blessing so far to see what Nashville SC has become, so it's humbling to know that I will continue to be a part of this journey for years to come."
Before the extension of Ayer, the team has also signed a new contract with General Manager Mike Jacobs and Head Coach Gary Smith, keeping the stability of the front office intact.
Nashville SC is currently sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings in the 2021 MLS season but tied in third place for points with 28 points out of six wins, two losses, and ten draws. Nashville will have its designated soccer stadium, which is scheduled to be finished in 2022.
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