Union officially hires Tanner as Sporting Director

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Union have hired its new Sporting Director. We announced on Wednesday that a move was expected this week.

The team hired Earnest Tanner as their new Sporting Direct. He replaces Earnie Stewart, who held the position for several seasons before accepting a new job.

Ernest Tanner has been named the Philadelphia Union's new Sporting Director
Ernest Tanner standing near the stands at Talen Energy Stadium (Photo by the Philadelphia Union)

“We are pleased to announce that Ernst Tanner will be the second Sporting Director in Philadelphia Union history,” said Philadelphia Union Chairman/Owner Jay Sugarman. “Ernst comes to Philadelphia with a strong track record of methodology implementation as well as player development and recruitment. He has worked for successful clubs at the highest level in Europe, signing and nurturing premier level talent at every stop.

“Coupled with his impressive worldwide soccer network and scouting acumen, we believe that Ernst is the perfect leader to continue building and improving upon the promising foundation we have established.”

On August 1st, Stewart accepted a position with the U.S. Men’s National team.

Tanner comes to the team from Austria, where he was employed by Red Bull Salzburg. He is not officially expected to join the franchise until September, as he works to get a work visa and immigration paperwork.

“I have followed the Union since the early days of the club, and over the past three seasons, there have obviously been many productive changes in terms of methodology and player development,” said Tanner. “I’m looking forward to utilizing my almost 25 years of experience and global player recruitment abilities to continue and forward the club’s trajectory. I also look forward to generating new ideas to advance the Union to even greater heights.”

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