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Orange County Blues FC head coach Oliver Wyss appointed club's general manager

Wyss officially given the power to make the squad his own.

Courtesy of OC Blues FC

Not quite a year into the Oliver Wyss era, the Orange County Blues appear to like what they see.

The Swiss-born coach, in his first season leading the Blues, has been appointed the additional duties as the club's general manager, as announced on Friday by the team. According to the release, "...he will lead the overall development of the franchise in Orange County and oversee all first team roster changes in cooperation with the ownership."

The Blues, who struggled and finished second from bottom last season, are in the thick of the playoff chase in the Western Conference this season in a completely transformed (and much larger) USL. Wyss has quickly gained a reputation as a good coach at the pro level, after a well-respected tenure as a local youth coach.

"Oliver brings a strict work ethic and creativity to the OC Blues organization. There is no doubt in my mind that the OC Blues will soar under Oliver's management and vision," said owner Ali Mansouri in a team statement.

The announcement comes after the promotion of assistant coach Barry Venison to Blues' technical director earlier this summer. Although the duo are still in their first year with the Blues, it appears they are set to build and lead the on-field future of the club.

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