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Columbus Crew Promote Issa Tall to General Manager as Tim Bezbatchenko Joins Black Knight Football Club

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June 6, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Columbus Crew SC News Release

COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew announced today the promotion of Issa Tall to General Manager, a role earned during his sixth season with the Club, as previous President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko accepts the position of President of Black Knight Football Club.

The Crew will host a press conference with Tall and Dee and Jimmy Haslam in Lower.com Field’s media room at 2 p.m. ET tomorrow. Media members not onsite can view and record the press conference via https://bit.ly/3kSpo9w (Zoom Meeting ID: 963 785 6303; Password: 835184).

“In addition to having strong relationships with Wilfried Nancy, our players and staff, Issa is highly qualified to be our General Manager as one of MLS’ most respected soccer executives based on his time with the Crew, Toronto FC and the league office, as well as FIFA headquarters,” said Dee and Jimmy Haslam. “While some midseason transitions present challenges, we are confident Issa’s vast experience and familiarity with our Club’s personnel and long-term strategy will seamlessly allow us to continue our success in 2024 and the future.

“We also thank Tim for his leadership and dedication to the Club and fans since we first joined the Crew family. Tim was integral to our success the past five years and positioning our team to consistently compete for championships moving forward. We wish him, Annie and their family the best as they start this new chapter in their lives,” the Haslams added.

“It’s an honor to become the General Manager of the Columbus Crew, especially knowing firsthand the great people, history and fans of our Club. I’m incredibly grateful to the Haslam, Johnson and Edwards families for this new role, as well as their and Tim Bezbatchenko’s significant contributions to the Club’s and my growth since joining Columbus,” said Tall. “While I’m excited about this opportunity for many reasons, the vision, culture and commitment to excellence we share is at the top of the list. Everyone is dedicated to improving and being their best for our team, city and supporters, and I thank Wilfried Nancy, our players and entire technical staff for creating that type of environment as we strive to accomplish our goals.”

“The past five-plus years with the Crew have been nothing short of remarkable. It was truly special to help launch a new era for the Club with an exciting brand of soccer and the ambition to win trophies for our city and supporters who…

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