Jim Curtin introduced as Philadelphia Union interim manager
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Report: Philadelphia Union remove interim tag from Jim Curtin's title following team's turnaround

Jim Curtin’s interim tag has reportedly been removed by the Philadelphia Union, making him the full-time head coach following the team’s remarkable turnaround after the firing earlier this season of John Hackworth.

New York-based website Metro first reported the move Tuesday, with ESPN and Goal.com both following suit, citing unnamed sources.

Curtin has guided the Union to a 6-2-5 record since taking over in June and led the team to the title game of the US Open Cup, where they fell last week to the Seattle Sounders 3-1 in extra time.

With five games remaining, the Union are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, trailing the fifth-place Columbus Crew by two points for the final MLS Cup Playoff spot. The two teams face off twice before the end of the season as the Crew look for their first playoff spot since 2011.

Under Hackworth, the Union posted a 3-7-6 record in 2014 before he was let go.

A former defender for Chivas USA and the Chicago Fire, Curtin started his coaching career in 2013 as an assistant with the Union.