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New Philadelphia Union boss Curtin calls for patience

Jim Curtin has asked for patience after being named the Philadelphia Union's head coach on Friday.

The 35-year old has stepped up from the interim role he held during the 2014 MLS season following the sacking of John Hackworth in June.

Curtin produced a 10-6-7 record in the 23 games he oversaw and it ultimately landed him the role on a less temporary basis with the Union securing him for the 'foreseeable future'.

The former Chicago Fire and Chivas USA defender was thrilled to be named the Union's head coach but was hoping to be given a chance by the expectant Philly fans.

"For the fans that will question a 35-year-old coach, that's normal," Curtin said.

"There is going to be that. I ask you to give me a full offseason and see what we can come up with.

"I can promise you we will work 24-7 to bring in great players and improve a roster that's already very strong."

And Curtin was also looking to shag the 'interim' tag that has been attached since he replaced Hackworth in the summer.

"The one thing I actually resent hearing are comparisons to it being an interim coach that took over the last time," Curtin added.

"I think it's disrespectful to John Hackworth, and I think it's disrespectful to me. We're two different people. We came up two different ways. Our relationships are different.

"I'll sit up here and take criticism but that one, for me, is one that needs to stop."

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