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Fans of MLS club vote on manager’s future

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General Manager Adrian Hanauer (L) with Head Coach Sigi Schmid (C) and Technical Director Chris Henderson

Wouldn't it be interesting if Arsenal held a referendum with their season ticket holders to see if Arsene Wenger should be kept in charge for another four years?

Would he be 're-elected' or would the Gunners faithful finally cut ties with the Frenchman?

And how many managers would Chelsea have gone through in recent years if it was left up to the supporters?

Well at MLS club Seattle Sounders, that's exactly the policy they adopt when it comes to deciding the future of their General Manager - it all comes down to a fan vote.

The GM of the Sounders is Adrian Hanauer, who is also a part-owner, and he when took over four years ago, he said he would let the fans decide his fate.

Last week, the Sounders season ticket holders spoke and a whopping 96 per cent voted to give Hanauer another four years in charge.

A total of 13,271 of the 13,775 fans who voted opted to stick with Hanauer despite the club failing to win the MLS title over the last four seasons.

However, the club have reached the playoffs every year, and have won three US Open Cup trophies.

Hanauer's team have won 59 matches, lost 32 and drawn - sorry, tied - 37 since he took over and the fans are clearly happy to stick with him.

The Seattle model was inspired by the Barcelona policy of fans electing their club president every four years.

"We've been committed from day one to engage our fans in the direction of the club," Hanauer said.

"The first four years have been remarkable, and I look forward to continuing the growth and progress over the next four years."

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