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July 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

It’s official: Timbers fire coach John Spencer

Portland Timbers Logo.jpgUPDATE 3:35 p.m. — Here’s a press release on the move and a statement from Spencer.

The Portland Timbers have fired coach John Spencer, according to multiple reports this morning. Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian had the news first and has added that general manager/technical Gavin Wilkinson will take over on an interim basis and a search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately.

Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl has also confirmed that Spencer will be fired.

The Timbers will have a press conference at 2:30 p.m. today and owner Merritt Paulson is the only speaker listed in the news release. Portland sits second-to-last in the Western Conference, above only FC Dallas, and lost 3-0 Saturday against Real Salt Lake.

Spencer had a 16-22-13 record with the Timbers, but also an embarrassing home loss to amateur side Cal FC in the U.S. Open Cup.

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