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Philadelphia Union players happy to see Hackworth become permanent head coach

John Hackworth had the caretaker moniker stricken from his job status last week as he became the head coach of Philadelphia Union.

Hackworth replaced Peter Nowak in June on a temporary basis but has now taken the job full-time after producing a 5-6-3 record since taking over.

Union players were happy with the permanent appointment with many of them speaking out about boss Nick Sakiewicz's announcement on Thursday.

"I think all the guys have really taken well to Coach Hackworth and he's a great coach," said defender Sheanon Williams. "He knows what he's talking about and he knows how to get the best out of us, which he's shown while he's taken over. I think he'll continue to push us and we'll get better from here."

Whilst midfielder Amobi Okugo added: "I thought (it) was going to happen sooner than later. It's good it happened. It's good for him. It's good for us to have that stability.

"To have someone we know and have someone who will practice what he preaches and not say one thing and do the other. He's very honest and he's a good coach with his resume, so hopefully we can build on it, end the season right. Hopefully give him a winning record under his tutelage, and build off this season into next season."

The Union currently sit ninth on the Eastern Conference table after 25 matches ahead of their next league outing at Toronto FC on September 15.

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