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Wilkinson and Golub relieved after findings of alleged misconduct and abuse with the Thorns NWSL club.

PMG FILE PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Timbers General Manager Gavin Wilkinson.

Tribune Photo: Adam Wickham

The Portland Timbers and Thorns announced Wednesday that president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson and president of business Mike Golub have been "relieved of their duties with both clubs," taking place immediately.

With Merritt Paulson stepping aside from all Thorns related decisions, the club also announced general counsel Heather Davis has the interim president of Peregrine Sports, overseeing business operations for both the Timbers and Thorns.

The firing of Wilkinson and Golub comes a day after Paulson stated the trio would step away from involvement in Thorns business until an investigation by the NWSL and NWSL Players Association is complete.

The report details Wilkinson and Paulson both advocating for former Thorns coach Paul Riley in his quest to find other head coaching duties after he was accused by multiple players of sexual misconduct and was fired by the club in 2015.

Golub also reportedly made inappropriate sexual remarks in the US Soccer findings to former Thorns coach Cindy Parlow Cone, who is also the U.S. Soccer president currently.

Wilkinson joined the Timbers back in 2001 as a player before moving up to coach the team and eventually into the general manager/president position in 2011.

You read the full report from U.S. Soccer here.


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