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Mutiny appoints Manning general manager

The Mutiny named Bill Manning its third president and general manager Tuesday. Manning replaces Nick Sakiewicz, who left Jan. 12 to become general manager of New York/New Jersey.

Manning, 34, is wrapping up his duties as general manager of the A-League's Minnesota Thunder. He will join the Mutiny in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday in preparation for spring training and move to Tampa on Feb. 21.

"The program in Tampa is ready to go to another level and I'm confident I'm the guy who can bring it to that level," Manning said.

The next level in Tampa is improving attendance. The Mutiny ranked ninth in the 12-team league with an average of 13,106 in 1999.

Manning was named the A-League Executive of the Year in 1999 after Minnesota won the championship. He boosted the Thunder's corporate sponsorship and revenue base in his two years.

Manning, a native of Massapequa, Long Island, played collegiately at Bridgeport. He has been involved in professional soccer since 1993, when he worked in the front office of the Continental Indoor Soccer League. Ed Austin, who was the interim general manager, has been promoted to chief operations officer.

MUTINY WINS EXHIBITION: Eric Quill had a goal and an assist to lead the Mutiny to a 4-0 victory over host South Florida.

EXHIBITION RESCHEDULED: Today's exhibition match against the University of Tampa has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. on March 1 at Pepin/Rood Stadium. The Mutiny will not train again until Sunday, when it arrives in Fort Lauderdale.