Rowdies, off to a 4-5-0 start, part ways with coach Stuart Camp­bell.

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ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay Rowdies chair­man/CEO Bill Ed­wards and coach Stuart Camp­bell an­nounced Thurs­day that Camp­bell will step down im­me­di­ately.

“It has been won­der­ful work­ing with Stuart these last few years, and we will miss him,” Ed­wards said in a state­ment. “He has been a great ex­am­ple for our play­ers and coach­ing staff. We part ways with the ut­most re­spect for one an­other and I look for­ward to see­ing him at fu­ture matches.”

Both said the de­ci­sion was mu­tual.

“First and fore­most I’d like to thank Bill for the op­por­tu­ni­ties he has given me and the loy­alty he has shown to­ward me,” said Camp­bell, who was pro­moted to head coach in Au­gust 2015 af­ter Thomas Ron­gen was fired. “This op­por­tu­nity has been life chang­ing for my fam­ily and I, and for that we will be for­ever grate­ful to the Rowdies.” Camp­bell fin­ished 26-22-27 at Tampa Bay.

The Rowdies said that the team will have no fur­ther com­ment on the move.

The Rowdies, who are 4-5-0 this sea­son af­ter three straight losses on the road, are back home on Satur­day night at 7:30 against the Pitts­burgh River­hounds. Tampa Bay is sev­enth in the USL’s East­ern Con­fer­ence stand­ings and was elim­i­nated from the U.S. Open Cup on Wed­nes­day af­ter a 1-0 loss in the sec­ond round at host Jack­sonville of the Na­tional Premier Soc­cer League.

Cour­tesy of the Rowdies

Stuart Camp­bell had been coach­ing the Rowdies since part of the 2015 sea­son. He leaves Tampa Bay with a 26-22-27 record.

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