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RSL extend stay of president Manning

Real Salt Lake and president Bill Manning have come to an agreement on a new four-year deal which will keep in charge of the MLS club until 2015.

Manning took over in March 2008 and has helped turn the Sandy-based outfit into one of the competition's best-performed clubs of the past three seasons.

The 2009 MLS Cup victory was a high for RSL and Manning feels that with some 'fine tuning', things can continue to move forward at Rio Tinto Stadium.

"We were in such a different position when we got here," Manning said. "The ship was almost sinking.

"We've got it turned around in right direction. Now it's just solidifying that. When I first got here it was like an overhaul. Now it's fine tuning."

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that 'since Manning was hired by RSL founder Dave Checketts, the team went from a $7 million overall operating loss to a positive cash flow in 2011. Revenue has grown 271 percent and an increase in sponsorship dollars from $1.6 million to $6.3 million' indicating that the president has completely turned things around during his initial four-year tenure.

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