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Charlotte FC head coach Miguel Angel Ramirez on how he handles negative press

Chris Smith
Ramirez has had plenty to deal with as Charlotte FC head coach.
Ramirez has had plenty to deal with as Charlotte FC head coach. / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte FC head coach Miguel Angel Ramirez says he's been blocking out the press surrounding the team at the start of the 2022 season.

Major League Soccer's new club have drawn plenty of attention so far, not least for breaking the attendance record in their first-ever home match - a 1-0 defeat to the LA Galaxy.

But not all the press has been good. Some of Ramirez's quotes have been taken out of context to be used against Charlotte, while their transfer dealings and lack of training facility have drawn negative reports.

But on the whole, with their first two wins under their belts, some attractive soccer on show, and attendances remaining high, their start to life in MLS has to be seen as a positive one.

Whether good or bad, Ramirez has remained blissfully unaware of what is written about him and his team, choosing to ignore it entirely.

“First, I have goals, but it doesn't affect me since I don’t see or hear anything people say. I don’t read the press, Reddit, anything. I have someone who does that, but honestly, they don’t tell me anything because they know I am not interested in that," Ramirez told reporters on Thursday.

"So I know how this works. The expectation is the same as how they used to talk about other expansion teams; I don’t remember if they would have the same standards for them, but they wouldn’t get the results in they wanted until the middle of the season, and I didn’t hear anything about that.

"I know how this is; if we win against Philly, people start asking about playoffs, and if we lose against Philly, people will say we are not going to the playoffs. Every week the press and people will change their opinions based on the results. I said last week I don’t dwell on whether we win or lose.”

Charlotte FC travel to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday looking to make it three wins in a row following victories over the New England Revolution and FC Cincinnati.